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From Crossraguel Abbey, near Maybole, Ayrshire

Postcard of Clasp.
© National Museums Scotland


This clasp was among a large number of brass objects and fragments found at Crossraguel Abbey near Maybole in Ayrshire. It dates from the 15th or 16th century. The clasp would have been attached to a pair of book mountings to hold the book shut.

Seventy-nine fragments and objects of brass, including book mountings and pieces of wire, from Crosraguel Abbey

Crossraguel Abbey was founded in the early 13th century as a house of Cluniae monks. Most of the original buildings were replaced in the 14th and 15th centuries. The abbey buildings are now in the care of Historic Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-710-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 154
Date: 15th or 16th century
Material: Brass
Dimensions: 80 mm H x 12 mm W (largest piece)
What: Brass / fragment / object
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Who: Crosraguel Abbey; Ayrshire
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