A Tudor clothes fastener found in Tattenhall is to go on show in the Museum of Liverpool
Sometime ago a beautiful Tudor clothes fastener was found on land in Tattenhall belonging to the Barbour estate by Ashley Stokes and it was found to be treasure. It was sent to the British Museum and on to the coroner's court where this was confirmed as it is made of silver and gold.
It has now been donated by the estate to the Grosvenor Museum but is being included in an exhibition highlighting the archaeology of the Tudor period in Merseyside and Cheshire at the Museum of Liverpool from the 16th May until 30th September. The display in the Museum of Liverpool is free to see and will be in the large case in the entrance atrium. This display is small and is only in one (albeit large) case, it's not a full exhibition. The main event "The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics" is at the Walker Art Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool display is to complement it with objects and to bring the period into focus for the local area.
A complete cast silver dress hook dating to the early Post-Medieval period.(AD 1450-1500),
(of Read (2008) Class K, Type 2.)
The object comprises of an openwork, moulded relief circular plate that is in the form of a love-heart in the centre which is surrounded by a floral wreath made up of five flowers, probably roses, spaced equidistantly apart with foliage between.