Anglo-Saxon ‘Ring-and-Dot’ Dress Pin 012234

Anglo-Saxon ‘Ring-and-Dot’ Dress Pin 012234
Viking Period 'Ring-and-Dot' Dress Pin
Copper-alloy, 8.12 grams, 47.51 mm. 5th-8th century AD. A dress pin of a common Anglo-Saxon type. The head is formed a sub-spherical bulb decorated with a ring-and-dot motif on the summit and four rows of these proceeding down the sides. Below this is a short collar from which emerges the shaft of the pin, tip missing. Pins of this kind were used to fasten cloaks, shawls and outer garments for moderately wealthy females in the Middle Saxon period (circa 650-900 AD). Reference: cf. Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.84 fig.66k. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Ongar, Essex, England.
 
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