Anglo-Saxon Bronze Wrist Clasp


An Anglo-Saxon wrist clasp cast from bronze featuring a rectangular shape with four semi-circular projections along the side. Two incised lines run vertically across the plate, two pierced sewing holes feature along this. The bar is decorated with several incised short horizontal lines. A catch sits at the top of the clasp, the reverse is unadorned. This sleeve clasp shows attributes of a Hines form B20.

Date: Circa 7th-8th century AD
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward. Lincolnshire find.
Condition: Very fine condition, slight break in the catch, green patination is visible to the surface.


SKU: LD-352 Category: Tags: ,

A wrist clasp includes a metal hook and an eye closure to attached the two pieces together. This mechanism was used to close the wrist openings of tunics and were sewn onto the clothing. Bronze was commonly used to create these pieces and they often resembled a rectangular shape. Skilled craftsmen would use one of two methods to create the desired shape, either create a mould out of clay and pour the hot liquid metal into it or use the lost wax casting method.

Weight 4.6 g
Dimensions L 3.6 x W 1.6 cm



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