Anglo-Saxon 'Form B20 Scalloped' Wrist Clasp 017022

Anglo-Saxon 'Form B20 Scalloped' Wrist Clasp 017022
Anglo-Saxon ‘Form B20 Scalloped' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 4.99 grams, 37.85 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form B20, its plate bears four lugs on the back edge, all pierced for attachment to the cuff of a female's shift. The plate has a vertical bar with two rectangular panels decorated with transverse banding. The hook is still in place on the reverse. 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. Good very 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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