Viking Strap-ends for sale

Strap ends have been in use in northern Europe since Roman times, and were a symbolic element in the belt-furniture of the military among the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Merovingian Franks and Scandinavian Vikings among others. They form decorative plates which protect the end of the belts or straps to which they were attached. A variety of forms have been identified, of which the Scandinavian examples are quite distinctive. Decoration in the form of incised pattern and openwork evidently had considerable symbolic meaning. Here you will find some interesting examples of Viking period strap ends for sale.

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Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Ringerike' Strap End 027824

Rare Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Ringerike' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 12.82 grams, 61.33 mm. 11th century AD. A long strap end with Ringerike Style beast-head modelled in the round, with almond eyes and carefully modelled jaws. The rear tapers to flat in section with trefoil finial and round hole. There is a step to the rear face below the trefoil to accommodate the strap. 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. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Ringerike' Strap End 027824

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