Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle 017797

Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle 017797
Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 40.45 grams, 43.89 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A cast D-profile buckle of early Anglo-Saxon type cast in a facetted round section loop. The tongue is cast as a D-section bar with spiral-wound attachment to the loop. At the base of the tongue is a raised quadrangular panel with incised cross-hatching. The buckle is very sturdy and could have been used to fasten a sword-belt. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), BAR British series 230, Oxford, 1993 item 34.43,44 and cf. Down, A. and Welch, M. Chichester Excavations vol.7: Apple Down and the Mardens, Chichester, 1990, p.62 fig.4. Very fine condition. Provenance: found near Braughing, Hertfordshire, England.


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