Book clasp

Books and manuscripts would have formed an important part of life at Glastonbury Abbey. Book clasps such as this were used to help keep a book shut and ensure that the pages remained flat, during a period when libraries could be cold and damp places and books were very valuable. Dating to the 15th century and simply decorated, this example is made from copper alloy and still retains traces of leather from the book it would have been on.

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