Anglo-Saxon Strap Ends for sale

Relatively simple riveted-plate strap-ends are common in pre-Christian graves, often bearing incised geometric ornament. More heavily decorated Anglo-Saxon strap ends, usually convex-sided and with a beast’s head terminal, are a type dating from the 8th century onwards, although there are occasional rectangular examples bearing earlier styles of decoration (e.g. Salin’s Style I) which relate to the 6th and 7th centuries.

They were used as decorative fittings for high-status sword-belts and on straps and baldrics; some may have been used on horse-harness. They are more commonly found in female graves in the wealthier cemeteries of the south-east. The metal fitting protects the loose end of the leather, and provides a weight which causes the end of the strap or belt to hang vertically. Some evidently formed part of a matching suite of fittings intended to display wealth and status; others are rather plain and humble by comparison. Copper-alloy is the normal fabric, although examples in silver and silver-gilt are known.

Here you will find some interesting examples ranging from the standard styles to the very unusual, all in fine or very fine condition.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Interlace' Bronze Strap-End 027166

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Interlace' Bronze Strap-End
Bronze, 9.16 grams, 47.05 mm. Circa 6th-8th century AD. A cast bronze strap-end formed as a tongue-shaped plate and square-section socket with attachment pin; the mouth of the socket ribbed; the interlace a continuous chain with stylized animal-head detail. Very fine condition, small casting flaws to face. Provenance: from a private collection formed in the 1990s.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Interlace' Bronze Strap-End 027166
Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 022425

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Beast Head' Strap End
Gilt and silvered copper-alloy, 11.19 grams, 30.85 mm. Circa 7th century AD. A two-part strap end comprising a hollow-cast chip-carved copper-alloy plate with stylised animal-head detailing. The gilded design elements are framed by thick plain borders, retaining some of the original silver plating. The strap end extends to a rectangular plate above, through which two pins pass into a separate silvered upper plate to trap the belt or strap. The quality of the chip-carving and gilding is very robust. Reference: cf. strap end from Barham, Suffolk, in West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology, Ipswich, 1998, p.123 item 69. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
£450.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 022425
Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 020605

Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 4.49 grams, 41.48 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A flat-section strap end narrowing to a beast-head terminal with triangular ears placed flat along the sides, ridged brow, scalloped muzzle and rounded nose. A separate plate with two pins is soldered to the underside, to trap the leather or fabric strap to which it was attached. This form is similar to Thomas's Class B Type 4 but lacks the multi-head feature of that type. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap Ends 750-1100 - Part 1, Finds Research Group Datasheet 32, 2003. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, England.
£160.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 020605
Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 026025

Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 8.17 grams, 32.99 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A cast tongue-shaped strap end with a band of Winchester Style raised foliate decoration within raised borders. The piercings in the thin attachment plate are visible. Reference: cf. bronze strap end from Ixworth (Suffolk) in Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H. & Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art: 966-1066, London, 1984 item 80. Fine condition. Provenance: property of a London gentleman.
£30.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 026025
Anglo-Saxon 'Decorated' Bronze Strap End 027334

Anglo-Saxon 'Decorated' Bronze Strap End
Bronze, 11.30 grams, 56.93 mm. Late 9th-early 10th century AD. A cast strap end with lozengiform body and terminal lobe; split at the upper end to accomodate two fastening rivets; the body decorated with concentric lines of punched decoration: pellet, triangle, ring-and-dot and a central guilloche. Strap ends of a similar type are associated with the early Anglian settlement, derived from Late Roman amphora-type belt-fittings. Reference: Cf. West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, item 55.7 from Icklingham; Hawkes & Dunning Soldiers and Settlers in Britain, Fourth to Fifth Century. Fine condition. Provenance: found Yorkshire, UK, in 1998.
£145.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Decorated' Bronze Strap End 027334
Anglo-Saxon 'Class A Type 1 Trewhiddle Style' Strap End Fragment 024879

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Class A Type 1 Trewhiddle Style' Strap End Fragment
Silver, 0.73 grams, 16.64 mm. Circa 9th century AD. A cast silver fragment of a probable strap end, rectangular in plan, bearing Trewhiddle Style animal decoration within notched borders. The beast features inlaid niello detailing and is reserved against a niello background in the field. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap Ends 750-1100 - Part 1, Finds Research Group Datasheet 32, 2003. Fine condition, corner detatched. Provenance: found West Lindsey, Yorkshire and reported under the Treasure Act; disclaimed. PAS and TVC references: SWYOR-FFAAF8 2010 T677. Supporting documentation included.
£225.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Class A Type 1 Trewhiddle Style' Strap End Fragment 024879
Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 023558

Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 9.53 grams, 32.02 mm. 9th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy strap end of Thomas's Class E type 1 variant, tongue-shaped with a straight attachment end and rounded terminal. The attachment end features two circular rivet holes, one filled with corrosion. Below the face bears a bear's head modelled in the round with semi circular ears, slight brow ridges and short blunt muzzle. Inlaid niello ring-and-dot forms the eyes. From the mouth project branching tendrils forming the rounded terminal executed in openwork. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-Ends 750-1100, Part 2, London, 2004. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at Cossington, Somerset and recorded with the PAS under reference SOM-45C877.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 023558
Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Strap End 024509

Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 16.65 grams, 49.96 mm. Circa 10th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy strap end with tongue-shaped plate formed as a symmetrical placement of voids, of Thomas's Type E2. The upper edge is pierced by two domes rivets. The outer face is decorated with punched-point detailing to the edges of the voids. The design is derived from a motif of a central anthropomorph with raised arms against a foliate background. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-Ends 750-1100, Part 2, London, 2004 items 25-6. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Cumbria, UK.
£150.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Strap End 024509
Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 020604

Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 6.85 grams, 49.92 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A flat-section strap end narrowing to a beast-head terminal with triangular ears, ridged brow, scalloped muzzle and rounded nose. A separate plate with a pin is soldered to the underside, to trap the leather or fabric strap to which it was attached. This form is similar to Thomas's Class B Type 4 but lacks the multi-head feature of that type. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap Ends 750-1100 - Part 1, Finds Research Group Datasheet 32, 2003. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, England.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 020604
Anglo-Saxon 'Zoomorphic Knotwork' Strap End 019894

Anglo-Saxon 'Zoomorphic Knotwork' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 8.61 grams, 45.52 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A convex-sided strap end of Class A2 with animal-head finial. The main decorative panel contains a knotwork design with two animal-head terminals in the upper corners. Below the attachment holes is a semicircular panel with palmette motif. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-ends 750-1100: Part I, The Finds Research Group AD700-1700, Datasheet 32, Sleaford, 2008. Good fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Zoomorphic Knotwork' Strap End 019894
Anglo-Saxon 'Animal-Head' Strap End 018433

Anglo-Saxon 'Animal-Head Holding Cross' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 8.94 grams, 57.18 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A finely moulded two-piece strap end od Middle Saxon date. The shank is a plain expanding bar with a second plate attached beneath by two pins, ending in a cast animal head with prominent triangular ears, ridged brow, lentoid eyes and clubbed snout; it grasps a cruciform finial in its jaws. Reference: Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.98 fig.69n. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Animal-Head' Strap End 018433


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