Silver Tudor Period Clothing Eye Fastener


An elaborate silver-gilt clothing eye fastener from the Tudor period rendered in openwork technique. The fastener features a central flower, from which an intricate composition expands. framed to the top by a braided band. Two loops have been applied to the back at the top for suspension. The reverse is unadorned.

Date: Circa 16th Century AD
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; previously in an old European collection since before 1997.
Condition: Very fine.


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.

Weight 5.99 g
Dimensions L 3.5 x H 2.8 cm



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