Anglo-Saxon 'Form B17' Wrist Clasp 017032

Anglo-Saxon 'Form B17' Wrist Clasp 017032
Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B17’ Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 3.82 grams, 30.61 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B17, its plate bears three scooped lugs, the outer two pierced for attachment to the cuff of a female's shift. The plate has a thin vertical bar, stepped and with two rectangular panels decorated with transverse banding. The catchplate attachment points are visible but the cast plate was lost in antiquity. 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.57. 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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