Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B2' Wrist Clasp 019495

Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B2' Wrist Clasp 019495
Excessively Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Form B2' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy and gilding, 4.57 grams, 33.02 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A wrist clasp of Hines's Form B2 which is most strongly associated with eastern Scandinavia and the shores of the Baltic Sea; no Anglo-Saxon examples are published in the standard reference works. The hooked clasp comprises a front beaded panel with a rear section made up from conjoined c-shaped domed roundels. Beneath the upper end on the reverse is a pierced lug; in use, the lug was pushed through the cloth of the cuff and a backplate was sewn into place to trap the fabric. The lower end below the short hook was lost in antiquity. The heavy gilding is still present in the recesses. Wrist clasps were used on the cuffs of female dresses; the connection to Scandinavia implies that the Anglian settlements were still strengthening their marriage-ties to the Scandinavian homelands. 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.34. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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