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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Pins https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins.html Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/pin-57992.html Thu, 09 May 2024 12:15:20 GMT Pins Pin  
Description: The very large and elaborately decorated head of a pin. The head is of hollow, composite construction, fabricated from multiple cast or die-formed copper-alloy parts soldered together. The major elements are a barrel-shaped body, five domes and a tapered neck-collar. Four of the domes are equally spaced around the lateral circumference of the body, and one is located at its apex. The neck-collar is fitted centrally on the underside. All the above elements are decorated with beading and filigree-wire scrollwork. There are also eight collets for paste gems between the domes, three of which retain blue/green glass stones. The head is gilded overall, and most of the finish remains intact. Only a very short length of the iron shaft survives, the broken end visible at the base of the neck-collar.

The dating of ball-headed pins of comparable construction and decorative treatment to the present object is discussed in a 1995 article by Sue Margeson (see Description below). The 'typological puzzle' in the title of the article refers to the fact that some ball-headed pins of similar decorative style and construction are known to date to the late Tudor period, while others appear, on the basis of particular features, to belong to the Early Medieval period. The suggested criteria for Early Medieval dating are the presence, either alone or in any combination, of (a) filigree spiral motifs, (b) glass-bead gems and (c) a neck-collar, all of which apply to the present pin. It should be noted, however, that this dating remains conjectural.

No close parallel for the present pin has been traced, but for smaller, less elaborate pins with similar decorative features, see PAS: BM-8D43E1NMS-7FA81D and UKDFD 26406.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Linked Disc-Headed Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/linked-disc-headed-pin-57990.html Thu, 09 May 2024 11:44:35 GMT Pins Linked Disc-Headed Pin  
Description: A high status and very ornate disc-headed pin dating to the middle Anglo-Saxon period. Decoration to the face is chip carved and floral in style, with four scrolled and voided 'peltas' arranged diagonally and symmetrically to form an openwork cross. The arms of each cross have been finely carved with plant leaf each side of a central stem, each stem terminating in a double curlicue except for the base, which terminates in a five petalled flower motif. At the centre of the cross is a separately riveted circular boss, this having four small circular indentations that possibly once held coloured glass or other mineral insets. The formed pin head is lozenge-shaped overall, and has two small holes purposefully cast as part of the design to each side. At the base of the head is a short circular-sectioned length of the missing pin shaft. Much of the surface gilt finish survives, and the back appears to have been tinned or silvered.

The pin is part of a decorative linked dress pin set. The above being the central pin of three, linking all pin heads together via a fine chain or similar. An elaborate complete example from Lincolnshire is held at the British Museum.

The naturalistic artform displayed on this artefact represents a period of cultural and spiritual change in Anglo-Saxon Britain, and is likely influenced by European Frankish styles evolving within the Carolingian Empire (UKDFD 54687). This seemingly influencing slightly later British Anglo-Saxon styles from the 10th century, such as UKDFD 56451. The decorative curlicues on the above pin head can also be noted on fittings such as UKDFD 44032 & UKDFD 57128. Note also NLM-F84DD5 as an associated artefact of interest.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/pin-57326.html Sat, 15 Apr 2023 16:08:58 GMT Pins Pin  
Description: A decorative pin dating from the the middle to late Anglo-Saxon period. The head is sub-spherical, with four pointed and equally spaced projecting knops around the circumferential periphery, and a flat circular boss to the top. Below the head is a ribbed collar and a four sided pyramidal base. Projecting from the base of the head is an incomplete sub-circular sectioned shaft.

Only two similar pins have been found to date for comparison, which additionally display a once gilt finish; IOW-1E4BC6 & SWYOR-DE426. It is presently uncertain as to the specific employment for classification.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/pin-56874.html Tue, 12 Jul 2022 19:54:40 GMT Pins Pin  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy pin of the Anglo-Saxon period. The pin has a flattened polyhedral head with a ring-and-dot motif on each of the four main lateral faces. The shaft is of irregular sub-oval cross-section and has a small collar immediately below the head. It has broken approximately mid-way along its length and the pointed end is missing.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Hair or Dress Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/hair-or-dress-pin-56822.html Mon, 09 May 2022 12:09:33 GMT Pins Hair or Dress Pin  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy hair or dress pin. The head is pear-shaped with an understated collar at the junction with the tapered shaft. 

Dating pins of this type is problematic, with similar examples apparently spanning the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Hair or Dress Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/hair-or-dress-pin-56811.html Thu, 05 May 2022 13:54:35 GMT Pins Hair or Dress Pin  
Description: A copper-alloy hair or dress pin of the Anglo-Saxon period. The head is flat and hexagonal in shape, with four indented dots on each face. The shaft is of slender circular cross-section, but only a very short length survives.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Hair or Dress Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/hair-or-dress-pin-56810.html Thu, 05 May 2022 13:51:46 GMT Pins Hair or Dress Pin  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy hair or dress pin. The head is pear-shaped with no apparent decoration or collar at the junction with the shaft. 

Dating pins of this type is problematic, with similar examples apparently spanning the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Pierced Disc-Headed Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/pierced-disc-headed-pin-56364.html Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:20:08 GMT Pins Pierced Disc-Headed Pin  
Description: A pierced disc-headed pin dating to the Anglo-Saxon period. The centrally pierced disc is decorated with five concentric grooves on each face. The slender circular-sectioned shaft is mostly complete and undecorated.

See also; SF-672E07 as similar.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/pin-56318.html Fri, 10 Sep 2021 17:41:59 GMT Pins Pin  
Description: A copper-alloy hair or dress pin of the Anglo-Saxon period. The pin has a polyhedral head with a ring-and-dot motif on each face. The stem is of sub-circular cross-section and has a small collar immediately below the head. It has broken approximately mid-way along its length and the pointed end is missing.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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Hair or Dress Pin https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/pins/hair-or-dress-pin-56121.html Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:21:39 GMT Pins Hair or Dress Pin  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy hair or dress pin, consisting of the head and a short length of the shaft. The head is pear-shaped and decorated with multiple ring-and-dot motifs and a small collar at the junction with the shaft. The surviving part of the shaft is of slender circular cross-section and parallel.
Category: Early Medieval, Pins
Category: Pins
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