Anglo-Saxon 'Form C1 Cast' Wrist Clasp 017026

Anglo-Saxon 'Form C1 Cast' Wrist Clasp 017026
Anglo-Saxon ‘Form C1 Cast' Wrist Clasp
Copper-alloy, 8.32 grams, 38.94 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An Anglian wrist clasp of Hines's Form C1, formed as two scrolled elements developing from the front edge of the plate, each segmented, and with cast segmented decoration between. Four pierced lugs were provided for attachment to the cuff of a female's sleeve, of one is complete and two are mostly present. The integral catchplate develops from the front edge between the scrolls. 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.68. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Cambridgeshire, England.
 
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