Two copper-alloy casket hasps
online resourceposted on 2021-10-27, 07:45 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze hasp, length 5.6 cm. Consists of a cast shoe-shaped plate with bevelled edges and rolled up terminal with rivet hole; the heel has large hole through which is looped a bronze wire (think cast bronze wire) staple which now hangs loose in its socket. At the centre of the 'foot' of the plate is a slit through which the head of a similar staple has been fixed by an iron rod. Clearly both staples have been driven into wood, and were for fixing a box lid, the one with the iron pin being the fastener, the other the anchor. The top of the plate is decorated with groups of 3-4 transverse and diagonal grooves. From the shanks of the staples and the solidity of the hasp as a whole, the box must have been a thick and heavy affair.