Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B12' Wrist Clasp 019506

Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B12' Wrist Clasp 019506
Anglo-Saxon 'Form B12' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 5.39 grams, 34.49 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B12, comprising a single rectangular panel on the leading edge, subdivided into three plain rectangles with two panels of transverse ribbing between. The rear edge is formed as four conjoined lobes with punched roundel decoration on the outer borders. The transition between the front and rear panels is marked with two heavy incised lines. 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: found Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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