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.
Selection of Silver Tudor Clothing Fasteners
A fine selection of silver-gilt fasteners from the Tudor period featuring a variety of different shapes and designs. Each fastener consist of two smaller loops at the bottom for sewing the fitting to textiles, and a larger loop at the top to take the fastening hook. The backs are unadorned.
Provenance: Private Wiltshire jewellery collection; 21 from the estate of Den Drew Swindon, UK; acquired on the UK market between 1993 and 1995.
Condition: Very fine condition.