This is a Tudor silver-gilt dress-hook, dating to the 16th century. The diamond shape of the dress hook is consistent with that of Read's Early Post-medieval Class D, Type 3 (#208-9) and dateable with the 16th Century AD (Read, 2008, p 65-66). Further examples have been recorded from Bradfield (SWYOR-699EE7), Wilberfoss (YORYM-A0CC3D) and Malvern Hills (WMID-06023F). This example is missing both the hook and the fitting, but the main decorative plate is large and attractive.
Read, B. (2008). Hooked-Clasps and Eyes. Langport: Portcullis Publishing.
OBJECT: Dress-Hook / clothing fastener
DATE: c. 1500 - 1600 A.D.
SIZE: 40.20mm x 31.50mm x 4.30mm
WEIGHT: 8.65 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.
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