Tudor/Late Medieval 'Annulets' Clasp 017968

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.


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