Anglo-Saxon 'Form B20' Punched-Edged Wrist Clasp 017023

Anglo-Saxon 'Form B20' Punched-Edged Wrist Clasp 017023
Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B20 Punched-Edged’ Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 4.76 grams, 33.67 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B20, its plate bears five lugs, the outer two pierced for attachment to the cuff of a female's shift. The plate has a vertical bar, stepped and with delicate punched decoration on the lower edge, and two rectangular panels are decorated with transverse banding. The outer edges of the lugs are decorated with very fine punched roundel decoration. 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.64-5. Extremely 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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