Tudor Hook Fasteners for sale

In the Tudor period fashion in clothing came under influence from continental countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. The hook fastener showed elegance and was adorned mostly by women, with its primary function being to hold her large neck scarf in place, which also appears to be a popular garment of that period. Author and antiquarian Brian Read writes "I have spent a long time researching so-called hooked-tags, hooked-fasteners, clothing hooks, cap-hooks, nummular brooches, among other names. There is very little evidence for many of these actually being used with dress, therefore I prefer to call them either sharp- or blunt-hooked clasps. Whether any of these were used in tandem with an eye is uncertain, though I do have evidence that perhaps some did. Little surviving dress retains hooked-clasps, the only type being wire blunt-hooked and eye clasps, which date as far back as the late Roman Iron Age. The quantity and range of categories I now have on record is mind-boggling, mainly found by metal-detectorists. My book, which is a catalogue, classification and typology, should be published later this year."

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Tudor 'Knopped' Hooked Fastener 017969

Tudor 'Knopped' Hooked Fastener
Silver, 1.59 grams, 18.83 mm. Circa 16th-17th century AD. A cast silver hook and faceplate with rectangular loop to the rear. On the faceplate, a reserved design of scrolled lines, with knops to the edges and corners. Reference: Read, B. Hooked Clasps and Eyes, Langport, 2008 item 186. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English jewellery collection.
£90.00

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Tudor 'Knopped' Hooked Fastener 017969
Post-Medieval Tudor 'Double Loop' Fastener 018364

Post-Medieval Tudor 'Double Loop' Fastener
Silver, 0.42 grams, 12.52 mm. Circa 16th century AD. A cast silver fastener with discoid plate and double-looped fastener to the rear. To the outer face, three filigree circles within a filigree border, with central granule. Reference: Read, B. Hooked Clasps and Eyes, Langport, 2008 p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection.
£75.00

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Post-Medieval Tudor 'Double Loop' Fastener 018364
Tudor 'Trefoil Filigree' Hooked Clasp 020473

Tudor 'Trefoil Filigree' Hooked Clasp
Silver-gilt, 2.28 grams, 21.60 mm. 16th century AD. A hooked clasp comprising a trefoil plate with three hemispheres on the upper surface, each bearing a filigree collar at the equator and three filigree hoops on the bowl, surmounted by a knop. The outer edge of the plate is crenellated. A thick hook is soldered to the reverse of the plate. Reference: Read, B. Hooked-Clasps and Eyes, Langport, 2008 item 716. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£110.00

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Tudor 'Trefoil Filigree' Hooked Clasp 020473
Tudor/Late Medieval 'Annulets' Clasp 017968

Tudor/Late Medieval 'Annulets' Clasp
Silver gilt, 0.87 gram, 15.86 mm. 16th century AD. A single clasp-half of Read's Class B, Type 2. It comprises a triple-looped twisted wire which forms the two small attachment loops and the 'eye' component of the hook-and-eye mechanism. Onto this is soldered a thin flat disc with a ropework border, bearing a series of contiguous filgree annulets around a central filigree loop. The decorative nature of the clasp suggests that it was used for fastening a very visible opening, such as the collar of a high-status garment. Reference: Read, B. Hooked Clasps and Eyes, Langport, 2008, p.159-60 items 598/599. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: not excavated.
£175.00

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Tudor/Late Medieval 'Annulets' Clasp 017968
Tudor 'Saltire Cross' Dress Fastener 004757

Tudor 'Saltire Cross' Dress Fastener
Silver Gilt, 1.61 grams; 16.84 mm. A beautiful rectangular headed fastener with a raised central box section with a saltire cross in centre and seven lobes decorating the outer edge, with a fleur below. Ref: Hooked-Clasps & Eyes by Brian Read; page 60, no 186. Complete and undamaged with much of the original gilding. From the private collection of J Wood.
£110.00

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Tudor 'Saltire Cross' Dress Fastener 004757


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