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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/ Harness fittings https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings.html Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-54460.html Tue, 28 May 2019 14:36:04 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: A four-way harness strap distributor (bridle fitting) of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period. The arms are D-shaped in cross section, three complete, the fourth partially missing its simple oval loop. At the central junction, there is a sub-conical hollow domed boss.

See as similar, UKDFD 3259
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Harness Pendant https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/harness-pendant-54143.html Tue, 01 Jan 2019 20:45:22 GMT Harness fittings Harness Pendant  
Description: A rare openwork cast copper-alloy harness pendant for which no very close parallel has yet been traced. The pendant is generally pear-shaped, with a corresponding aperture at its centre. The narrower upper end is expanded to create a rounded, sub-triangular knop, which forms the base for the integral transverse suspension loop. The sides are decorated with an incised tooth-like border on their inner edges, and a moulded bilobed protrusion on their more rounded outer edges. The bottom of the pendant is formed by two conjoined discoidal mouldings, which span the gap between the bottom ends of the two sides. The front faces of the sub-triangular knop and the two discoidal mouldings are each decorated with an incised ring-and-dot motif. Traces of gilt (or possibly discoloured tinning or silvering) are present on the surface.

The pendant was initially dated to the late Roman period on account of its general similarity to PAS: NMS-6CB366 and the likeness of its decorative appendages to those of certain late Roman buckles (e.g. UKDFD 27642 and UKDFD 19695). However, further research suggests that a late Early Medieval date is more likely. Although only one comparable pendant of this period has been traced (PAS: WILT-E84E30), generally similar design elements and decoration on other contemporary artefacts (e.g. UKDFD 24385) support this later dating.

In view of the rarity of the object, it has been designated a Find of Special Significance.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Mount or Bridle Fitting https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/mount-or-bridle-fitting-4940.html Sat, 28 Oct 2006 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Mount or Bridle Fitting  
Description: An incomplete zoomorphic copper-alloy object of the late Anglo-Saxon period, probably a harness mount or bridle fitting. The object is in the form of a beast's head and shoulders in profile. At the centre of the shoulder area there is an iron rivet or pin, which passes through the thickness of the metal.

A generally similar item is recorded on the PAS database as LIN-0B10F2.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-20172.html Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: A harness strap distributor of the late Anglo-Saxon period. Each end of the bar terminates in a lozenge-shaped ring with three knops. To the centre of the bar is a sub-rectangular attachment loop. Moulded opposite, an uncertain fantastic animal with worn engraved decoration in the Viking Ringerike style of the 11th century.

The fitting is unclassified, Cf. Williams; Finds Research Group Datasheet 39, but is similar to harness links 6(d) & 6(e)-riveted, which may have been employed on other parts of the harness as well as the bridle.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-1839.html Fri, 13 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: Fragment of a harness strap distributor (probably bridle cheek piece) of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period. Eliptical loop with angled sides, this item was broken in antiquity and would have had a duplicate loop on the other end.

Ssimilar to UKDFD 693.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-1608.html Tue, 27 Dec 2005 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: Incomplete harness strap distributor (possibly bridle cheek piece) of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period. One of the two terminal loops is missing and the other one is incomplete. The central boss is of hollow hemispherical form, and has two opposing knops at right-angles to the arms of the terminals.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor (Fragment) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-fragment-5887.html Wed, 31 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor (Fragment)  
Description: A fragment of a harness strap distributor - probably a bridle cheek piece - of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period. The fragment consists of the central boss, with two opposing knops, and one arm.

Cf. UKDFD 1608
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-11012.html Sat, 29 Dec 2007 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: An incomplete harness strap distributor (bridle fitting) of the late Anglo-Saxon to medieval period. It comprises the central plate, one arm, and an oval terminal loop. The central plate is sub-rectangular and has four circular holes, arranged in a square formation. A second arm with terminal loop would have been located opposite the one that survives, but has broken off in antiquity.

Cf. UKDFD 914 and PAS: HAMP-2B05D5. (The PAS example is dated somewhat later.)
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Strap Distributor https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/strap-distributor-6653.html Wed, 11 Apr 2007 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Strap Distributor  
Description: A complete harness strap distributor (bridle fitting) of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period.

The fitting is cruciform with three arms of similar length and one that is very much shorter. The two opposing longer arms terminate in loops of similar size, which are internally circular and externally lozenge-shaped, with a knop at each exposed corner. Each of the two remaining arms appears to terminate in a devolved animal-head, the longer one being at the end of a 'neck', and the shorter one projecting directly from the central hub of the fitting. The front of the fitting has engraved decoration, which is very worn, but has affinity with the Ringerike art style of the 11th century.

The reference cited below illustrates similar fittings, which were found together with a number of stirrups, a stirrup strap mount, weapons and brooches at a burial site at Kvalsta, Bergs parish in Västermanland, central Sweden.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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Saxon Bridle Fitting https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/harness-fittings/saxon-bridle-fitting-560.html Fri, 23 Sep 2005 00:00:00 GMT Harness fittings Saxon Bridle Fitting  
Description: Late Saxon Bridle cheek-piece of double-looped type. At either end of a D-section bar a triple knop oval loop, in the centre a rounded boss and two laterally projecting knops. There is no surviving patina, resulting in loss of all finer detail.
Category: Early Medieval, Harness fittings
Category: Harness fittings
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