Clothing hooks and eye fasteners were a popular decorative accessory during the Medieval and Tudor period. The function of the fasteners were to hold together garments, to drape up skirts or to simply be used for decorative purposes. Hooks would prevent skirts from getting dirty when outside or were used to display rich fabrics from underneath. These beautiful accessories were also used to fasten collars and gowns without disrupting the patterns featured on the clothing. The materials used also demonstrates wealth, items made from gold, silver, much like this one, copper and gilded metals were worn by those of the upper class and nobility.
Selection of Silver Tudor Clothing Eye Fasteners
A fine selection of silver-gilt Tudor clothing eye fasteners featuring a variety of different shapes and designs. Each fastener has been pierced at the top for suspension. The backs are unadorned.
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; acquired on the UK art market between 1993 and 1995; 21 and 48 from the estate of Den Drew, Swindon, UK.
Condition: Good condition.