Anglo-Saxon Jewellery for sale

The Anglo-Saxons’ love of display ensured that their jewellery was often colourful, thoughtfully designed and carefully made. Glass and amber beads hung in swags on the front of ladies’ dresses are one long-lived fashion; often the centrepiece was a particularly large barrel-shaped bead, or a gold pendant with a garnet in a cabochon setting. Pendants of various shapes – often miniature weapons – were worn by important females; males sometimes wore boar-tusks set in copper-alloy sleeves, perhaps as hunting trophies. Bangles, neck-rings and bracelets are also associated with female costume. Please choose from the links below to review our constantly changing selection of Anglo-Saxon antiquities including weapons, jewellery and other personal artefacts.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Filigree Hoops' Biconical Bead 026395

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Filigree Hoops' Biconical Bead
Gold, 2.03 grams, 28.39 mm. 7th century AD. A sheet gold biconical bead. The bead is formed as two conjoined funicular elements with beaded wire collars to the outer ends and delicate filigree hoops covering the outer surface. Reference: cf. gold wound-wire biconical beads on the Desborough necklace, late 7th century in date, published in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, item 13. Very fine condition, repaired. Provenance: from a Canadian collection, ex Sotheby's Lord McAlpine sale London, 17th February 1994.
£450.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Filigree Hoops' Biconical Bead 026395
Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage 027532

Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage
Glass, 31 grams, 20 cm (beads only). 5th-7th century AD. A mixed group of 35 restrung glass beads comprising: six yellow discoid, three terracotta discoid, twenty one blue discoid, one green-yellow marbled discoid, two translucent blue discoid, one large red and blue globular, one red and yellow tubular; modern clasp. The beads were recovered from the Catterick area (Yorkshire) which is usually identified as the site of the late 6th or early 7th century battle of Catraeth immortalized in the Old Welsh poem Y Gododdin in which a troop of three hundred horsemen from the fortress of Din Eidyn attacked an unnamed but overwhelming enemy force and was wiped out. The case has been made for the British horsemen having set off from the area of modern Edinburgh to attack an Anglian (English) stronghold, although the poem does not mention either the location of the battle or the name of the enemy. Reference: cf. the glass bead forms in Brugmann, B. Glass Beads from Early Anglo-Saxon Graves, Oxford, 2004 and discussion of the poem in Cessford, C. Where are the Anglo-Saxons in the Gododdin poem? in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, vol. 8, Oxford, 1995. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Catterick, Yorkshire, UK.
£450.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage 027532
Saxon 'Filigree' Disc Pendant 024710

Rare Saxon 'Filigree' Disc Pendant
Gold, 1.07 grams, 17.79 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A gold pendant formed as a flanged boss with integral ribbed suspension loop. The disc's decoration comprises concentric rings of filigree ropework, applied filigree double loops and thicker filigree ropework within fine borders. The central motif is a boss, hollow to the rear. Reference: cf. larger sheet-gold disc pendant with filigree detail in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, item 36(c). Fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection formed in the 1950's, found continental Europe.
£950.00

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Saxon 'Filigree' Disc Pendant 024710


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