IOW-07FFC7: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Gold Mount with Garnet. Treasure case no. 2010 T658

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Unique ID: IOW-07FFC7

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) gold and garnet mount (c. 450-c. 600 AD). Treasure case no. 2010 T658.

A thin sheet gold tear-shaped back-plate supports a similarly shaped but slightly smaller cell containing a cut flat garnet of the same shape. The cell is made of a sheet gold strip joined at the broader end and the garnet is slightly recessed. The join between the back-plate and the cell is obscured by gold filigree wire. At the centre of the rear face are two adjacent gold stubs, possibly the remains of an attachment loop.

Length: 14.9mm; width: 11.1mm; thickness: 5.4mm; weight: 2.81g.

For discussion on drop-shaped belt fittings see Marzinzik, S, 2003, Early Anglo-Saxon Belt Buckles (Late 5th To Early 8th Centuries A.D.) Their Classification And Context, British Archaeological Report 357. The find contains a minimum of 10% gold and predates 1710. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Barry Ager of the British Museum has commented:

'in addition to the two 5th-century, tear-shaped gold mounts set with garnets in the BM collection from Kerch, Crimea (one of which has a beaded wire round the edge of the base), I mentioned that there were probably western European examples, too. I've had a look in the stores and there are two more, but of gilded silver rather than gold, with garnet inlays and filigree borders in the Franks Bequest. Although they do not have a findspot, they are thought to be Merovingian, 5th-6th century.

There are also two larger examples of similar date, but made of gilded copper alloy, which are probably from Breach Down, Kent. They have only a plain flange round the base and are pierced at the round end.

It appears to be uncertain what these mounts are from and a range of objects has been suggested, e.g. from buckles, knife sheaths, or for decorating costume, etc'.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Garnet

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to finder, 28/11/2011
Subsequent action after recording: Declared Treasure but returned to Finder as Museum unable to acquire

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T658


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.9 mm
Width: 11.1 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 2.81 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 20th October 2010

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Treasure case no. 2010 T658
Treasure case number: 2010T658

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Brighstone

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Returned to finder, 28/11/2011
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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