Little hook protector of 16th century fashion

What could be worse than dragging your elegant skirts through the muck on the streets? Nothing, apparently, as revealed by the discovery of a 20mm (0.8 inch) long gold hook designed to hold up ladies' skirts when crossing a muddy yard. (photo)

The little hook was discovered recently, near Foulsham, England. "These are very standard in copper alloy and you get examples in silver that are often really quite elaborate, but I think this is the only one we have in gold," said Norfolk finds officer Adrian Marsden.