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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