Anglo-Saxon 'Clasp' Test Casting 017816

Anglo-Saxon 'Clasp' Test Casting 017816
Anglo-Saxon ‘Clasp’ Test Casting
Copper-alloy, 8.40 grams, 29.36 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An interesting test casting in copper-alloy. The object was designed to become an Anglian wrist-clasp of Hines's B16 with shaped rear edge. The outline of the clasp has been created in the casting but never cleaned up ready for use: the attachment points have not been pierced, the catchplate has not been slotted and the casting has several rough areas of sprue and flash (spillage). The piece is also almost flat, lacking the characteristic curvature of the finished objects. A fascinating insight into the production process for this artefact type. Reference: Hines, J. Clasps-Hektespenner-Agraffen: Anglo-Scandinavian Clasps of the Third to Sixth Centuries AD. Typology, Diffusion and Function. Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 1993, pp.56, 83-9. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Cambridgeshire, England.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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