PAS-D3A974: Saxon gold pendant

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Unique ID: PAS-D3A974

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Saxon gold and glass oval pendant. Very thin gold sheet back-plate, now with slight damage. The setting is formed from plain gold sheet with a single beaded wire collar where it joins the back-plate. A separate ribbed gold sheet suspension loop has a loop of beaded wire around the base, the ends of which are tucked inside the loop, hiding the join to the back-plate. The glass is Roman mosaic glass with pink and white forming curved vertical lines, overlaid with green curved transverse lines and yellow and black lines forming a lattice overall. A similar mid 7th century example was found at North Downs, Kent (Treasure Annual Report 2003, 214, fig.94.1, right). See also 2007 T78, silver and glass setting from 'Tuxford area', Nottinghamshire and Geake 1997, 39-41.

Length (including suspension loop) 27mm, width 22mm. Weight 3.90g.


The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: King's Lynn Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T103


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 22 mm
Weight: 3.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st February 2009 - Saturday 28th February 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Mr Ian Richardson

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T103

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Glass
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
To be known as: King's Lynn Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: King's Lynn Museum

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PAS
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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