Anglo-Saxon Pins and Fasteners For Sale
Anglo-Saxon dress fasteners follow trends in contemporary costume, and are often quite closely datable. Wrist-clasps of several types are an early Anglian fashion which is found along the eastern seaboard from Northumberland to Kent; it derives from contemporary 5th c. artefacts found in Denmark and Norway. Wrist-claps sets may comprise two male (hookd) segments, two female segments and two gusset-plates which strengthen the cloth at the closure. Pins – made from copper-alloy, silver, gold and bone – are a perennial means of fastening layers of clothing to each other, as well as securing shawls and head-coverings. Hooked tags become common in the 8th c., mainly triangular or discoid in form with a ‘spike’ bent back to form the hook. Fasteners of all types must have been produced in quantity b Anglo-Saxon craftsmen, and they are a relatively abundant artefact type. We are pleased to be able to offer a selection of the better examples for sale through these pages.
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