Pair of Tudor Silver Clothes Hooks


A  pair of silver, Tudor-period dress hooks of various shapes and decorative motifs. Each accessory features a main, decorative body with a curved hook to the reverse. The rectangular attachment would have been used to attach to clothing and the hook used to hoist up excess material or re-arrange fabric. These examples are made of silver and embellished with gold-gilt details.


Date: Circa 16th century AD
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; acquired early to mid 1990s; formerly in old private collections.
Condition: Excellent condition, only one of the item's hook is broken
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Clothing hooks and eye fasteners were a popular decorative accessory during the Medieval and Tudor period. The function of the hooks 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 rich ornament of the fasteners themselves hints to the preciousness of the garments on which they were attached.

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Reference: For a similar item, see The British Museum, item 2002,0402.1

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