NLM-029B23: Sleeve Clasp

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Unique ID: NLM-029B23

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A complete cast copper alloy wrist-clasp of Hines’s Form B20 (plate and bar cast in one). The catch-piece and hook-piece are identical. The bars are each divided into five panels; the centre panel and the end panels are square and slightly raised [and appear from the image to have a white-metal coating]. The intervening panels are slightly longer, and each has a central transverse ridge. The plates are lower, and consist of three rounded lugs, each with a circular sewing hole. These alternate with two lower, more pointed lugs. The catch-piece has an elongated rectangular loop or catch which projects from the front edge of the bar, and brings the width of the catch-piece up to 15mm. The hook-piece is 11.5 mm wide and has a hook in the centre of the reverse, also on the front edge. Each clasp-half is 34mm long. Early Anglo-Saxon, late fifth or sixth century.

It is unusual to find both halves of a wrist-clasp. The pair are almost certainly from a grave and imply that it has only recently been eroded into the topsoil.

Class: Hines's Form B20

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: Circa AD 470
Date to: AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Weight: 8.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st March 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Lisa Staves
Identified by: Ms Lisa Staves

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Gayton Le Wold

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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