This is a Tudor partial-gilt dress-hook, dating to the 16th century. This example is missing the loop and hook for securing although retains traces on the back. The face is decorated with petals and mercurial gold-gilded stud. It was originally acquired in the UK art market in the 1990s.
(See also) Read, B. (2008). Hooked-Clasps and Eyes. Langport: Portcullis Publishing.
OBJECT: Dress-Hook / clothing fastener
DATE: c. 1500 - 1600 A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver with gilt-bronze stud
SIZE: 17.33 mm diameter x 6.18mm tall.
WEIGHT: 3.09 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.
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