Anglo-Saxon 'Form B14a Roundels' Wrist Clasp 017029

Anglo-Saxon 'Form B14a Roundels' Wrist Clasp 017029
Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B14a Roundels' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 3.57 grams, 28.82 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B14a, formed as a vertical bar with three lugs on the back edge, with perforations for attachment to the cuff of a female's shift. The bar features three raised panels with transverse banded decoration and two D-section rectangular panels between. The catchplate is still substantially in place on the front plate. Wrist clasps were a long-lived fashion among Anglian women, used in pairs to close the cuffs of their long-sleeved shifts. 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.54. Good 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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