Clothing hooks and eye fasteners were a popular decorative accessory during the Medieval and Tudor period. The function of the fasteners was to hold together garments, to drape up skirts or to simply be used for decorative purposes. They commonly operated in matching pairs, with a clear association to feminine clothing. 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 demonstrated 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 Tudor Period Clothes Fasteners
A fine selection of silver-gilt Tudor clothing eye fasteners displaying a variety of different shapes and designs. Each fastener consists of either an applied loop or pierced holes for attachment to the textile. The backs are unadorned.
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection, previously from a collection in the late 1960s-mid 1980s.
Condition: Very fine condition.