Button and Loop Fastener

Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0
Object type: Button and Loop Fastener
Period: Roman
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 15/07/2021
Location: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire


A copper alloy button and loop fastener dating to the Early Roman period, 100 – 200 AD. These type of fastener began in the Late Iron Age and continued through to the 3rd Century AD. Some were used on human clothing and other chunkier versions as part of a horse harness. The distribution of detecting finds has challenged the view that these were purely military items.