Selection of Tudor Period Gilt Silver Clothing Fasteners

£ 150.00

A selection of Tudor period silver-gilt clothes fasteners, in a variety of shapes and sizes, with trefoil, quatrefoil, floral and granule decoration elements. They all feature a loop and a hooked pin on the reverse which would have been used to attach the fastenings. The loop would have been used to secure the piece to the clothing and the hook used to hoist up excess material or re-arrange fabric.


Date: Circa 16th Century AD
Provenance: From a Wiltshire jewellery collection. Acquired on the UK art market between 1979 and 1996, and from a 1970's collection.
Condition: Excellent Condition.
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Clothing hooks and 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.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

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