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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Button-and-loop fasteners https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners.html Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-579.html Sun, 25 Sep 2005 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: This finely made fastener has a raised open work circular ring of Celtic design and triangular back loop.

Button-and-loop fastener were used from the 1st century BC and remained popular in the north, even after Romanization to the end of the second century. Examples tend not to be made with great strength and rarely show any signs of wear, which suggests they were used for fastening cloth rather than leather. A saddle cloth girth fitting has been suggested as a possible use, but this is unlikely to have been their only use.
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-640.html Fri, 30 Sep 2005 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: A complete Iron-Age bronze ’button-and-loop’ fastener. Shield-shaped button with remains of yellow and possibly red enamel in three lines of cells above a crescent-shaped opening; another line of cells below.

Nigel Mills illustrates and describes a range of broadly similar fasteners in Celtic & Roman Artefacts, pp. 68-69.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-687.html Sun, 02 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: A very fine example of a Romano-British Button-and-loop fastener with enamelled head. Both the head-plate and the loop are rectangular, overall 30mm long by 20mm. The head-plate consists of a symmetrical curvilinear patterned cell which retains full red enamel. To either side of the pattern is a semi-circular panel decorated with very small punch marks. The fastener has a more robust construction than usual and with the large rectangluar loop suggests a flat leather strap attachment. The native British used copper-alloy toggles which are often referred to as 'button and loop fasteners'. The later known roman examples, like this, are thought to have a military connection as many have been discovered near roman fort sites. They mainly date to the 1st and early 2nd century AD.

Earlier examples of button-and-loop fasteners are viewable here; UKDFD 579, UKDFD 640

See also:- Celtic & Roman Artefacts by Nigel Mills (2000) p. 68-69.
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-1086.html Thu, 03 Nov 2005 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: The teardrop-shaped ’button’ part of a late Iron-Age to early Roman ’button-and-loop’ fastener.
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-1681.html Sun, 01 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: Button-and-loop fastener. Ovoid (teardrop or petal-headed); a central boss; flat back; solid; a rectangular section trapezoidal shank with triangular aperture.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-1954.html Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: Button-and-loop fastener. Ovoid (teardrop or petal-headed); a central boss; recessed back; a trapezoidal shank and aperture.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-2678.html Thu, 16 Mar 2006 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: The ovoid ’button’ from a button-and-loop fastener of the early Roman period. The recess in the top would originally have contained enamel. The loop of the fastener has broken off.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-3678.html Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: Button-and-loop fastener. Rectangular head with five triangular cells of enamel alternately coloured red and off-white (the latter colour possibly due to deterioration of the enamel). Triangular loop.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-4737.html Mon, 09 Oct 2006 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: Plain, rectangular-headed button-and-loop type fastener with circular loop.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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Button-and-Loop Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/button-and-loop-fasteners/button-and-loop-fastener-6121.html Sun, 18 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT Button-and-loop fasteners Button-and-Loop Fastener  
Description: An enamelled button-and-loop fastener from which the loop is missing. The 'button' is circular and has nine enamel cells arranged in chequer-board fashion, with one of the squares at the centre. The alternating colours are red and yellow, the central square being of yellow. The cranked shank, without the loop, survives on the back of the fastener.

The exact function of these items is uncertain. They may be clothing fasteners, but other theories include their possible use on horse harness or sword scabbards.
 
Category: Roman, Button-and-loop fasteners
Category: Button-and-loop fasteners
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