Anglo-Saxon 'Domed' Metalworking Stake 018204

Anglo-Saxon 'Domed' Metalworking Stake 018204
Excessively Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Domed' Metalworking Stake
Copper-alloy, 32.19 grams, 49.44 mm. 5th-8th century AD. A metalworking stake used to shape metal plates. The lower end is split and slightly splayed. The head is domed with three regular triangular insets; below the head the square-section shaft is clubbed due to constant use and the dome itself is slightly flattened. On one face there are impressions from metalworking punches, one of which is in the tall 'S' shape sometimes found on cruciform and square-headed brooches. Reference: metalworking techniques are discussed in Leahy, K. Anglo-Saxon Crafts, Stroud, 2003. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection formed before 1950.


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