Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B12' Wrist Clasp 019499

Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B12' Wrist Clasp 019499
Anglo-Saxon 'Form B12' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 4.57 grams, 33.02 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B12, comprising three rectangular panels with pierced lobe extensions on the rear edge; between the panels are narrower ribbed collars. The clasp's hook is present on the reverse of the central rectangle. Wrist clasps were a long-lived fashion among Anglian women, used in pairs to close the cuffs of their long-sleeved shifts, sewn through the pierced lobes on the rear edges. 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, p.47. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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