copper alloy single sharp hooked clasp (dress hook), of Early Post Medieval
dating (AD 1500 to AD
1600). Around 95% of the hooked clasp is present, with just the hook
incomplete. The hooked clasp consists of a sub rectangular attachment loop, a
circular openwork central plate, with a solid centre, and four circular holes,
and a single sharp hook (now incomplete). The back is undecorated. It measures
32 mm in length, 18 mm
wide and 2.75 mm thick. It weighs 2.81 grams.
The hooked clasp is a light green colour, with an even surface patina. A
comparative example have been published as #384 in Read, 2008 (p101) ,
classified as Early Post Medieval Class E single sharp hooked clasps, Type 3.
Read (2008, 87), mentions that all Class E clasps recovered by the Thames
Mudlarks have been from secure c. AD 1500 to
c. AD 1550 deposits, suggesting a 16th
Sub class: Read Early Post Medieval, Class E, Type 3