Nantwich Museum has acquired a Tudor treasure found by a metal detector near the town, thanks to generous donors.

The Pillory Street venue managed to raise the £220 to secure the Tudor cast silver-gilt dress hook.

It means the item, found on land at the village of Baddiley, will be on display soon.

A spokesman for the museum said the dress hook is regarded as an excellent example of its type.

It weighs 7.9g, measures 29mm x 26mm x 13mm deep and contains more than 10% precious metal.

There is a curved hook on the back and the front is decorated with five flower motifs and raised pellets.

“Such hooks would have been paired with a loop for fixing and typically been a part of female clothing,” the spokesman added.

“It will be placed on display at the museum shortly.”

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