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Fasteners
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Many different metal items were used to fasten clothing, and its accessories such as belts (girdles). Bone was also occasionally used, for buckles and strap-ends, as perhaps was wood, but copper alloy could be cast and therefore was a quick manufacturing process, once the stone mould had been cut or a model had been pressed into a clay mould; clay three-piece moulds would not have been needed except for a few complex openwork items. Copper alloy could be gilded to look like precious metal; gold is too soft as well as…

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David Hinton, “Fasteners”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_306>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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