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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/ Wrist clasps https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps.html Gusset Plate https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/gusset-plate-27075.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Gusset Plate  
Description: An elaborately decorated ('chip-carved') cast copper-alloy gusset plate (sleeve fittting) of the early Anglo-Saxon period. The plate is of an elongated sub-triangular form, with a grotesque face-mask at each end. The two masks face outwards and the heads are connected by a long slender 'neck' with a bulbous swelling at the centre. The mask at the narrower end appears to depict an extended tongue. On either side of the mount, at the wider end, there are two well defined Salin Style I animals with classic three-clawed crouching legs. The animals face inwards and flank the face-mask at that end of the mount, their claws almost touching its eyes. The front of the mount is heavily gilded, with much of the gilt finish surviving in the recesses of the design. The back is tinned or silvered. The mount has two holes for attachment, one on each side at the wider end.

A gusset plate was sometimes sewn to the sleeve of a garment in conjunction with a pair of functional wrist clasps as a decorative dress accessory. The fact that these fittings are few in number suggests that they were not a common feature.
See also; UKDFD 3271UKDFD 17061 & UKDFD 56351
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Gusset Plate https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/gusset-plate-56351.html Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:09:16 GMT Wrist clasps Gusset Plate  
Description: An incomplete openwork gusset plate (sleeve fitting) of the early Anglo Saxon period. The plate is triangular in form, lightly curved, with fractured evidence of corner projections (attachment loops). The terminal end is now missing. Zoomorphic decoration around the periphery and open central frame consists of elongated clawed animals in Salin's Style I ornamentation, these being of double and triple stranded ribbons. A gilt finish remains within the recesses of the design.

A gusset plate was sometimes sewn to the sleeve of a garment in conjunction with a pair of functional wrist clasps as a decorative dress accessory. The fact that these fittings are few in number suggests that they were not a common feature.
See also; UKDFD 27075, UKDFD 17061 & UKDFD 3271

 
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-56274.html Sun, 29 Aug 2021 17:38:28 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: The hooked section of a two-part hook-and-eye wrist clasp of the early Anglo-Saxon period. The face is symmetrically decorated with a cast zoomorphic design consisting of two opposed birds, the neck and bodies of each simply formed by arched ribbons, each terminating in a small head with beaded eye and curved beak. Projecting centrally between the birds is a tab with rearward facing hook. The opposite outer edge of the clasp is decorated with a smaller zoomorphic moulding with central perforation. There are two incomplete attachment loops, one positioned at each corner. A gilt finish survives within the recesses of the design, the back is plain and undecorated.

The clasp was sewn to the sleeve of a garment utilising each loop. The 'hook' could then fasten or unfasten to a matching clasp with a looped 'eye' element to tighten or loosen the sleeve at the wrist as required. See; WMID-391B83 as an example of a looped clasp of similar design, also; NMS-A7BC71.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-43452.html Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: Approximately half of a small rectangular mount, possibly the top bar from an unusual wrist clasp form dating to the early Anglo-Saxon period. The bar consists two (of probably three) decorated rectangular panels, the central panel being flanked by wide transverse grooves. Each panel is decorated with framed Salin Style 1 dis-articulated animal parts in relief, i.e. legs, heads and eyes. On the back is one of two attachment lugs which are transversely pierced for a separate securing pin. For similar examples, see; LEIC-577802 & NMS-5196E4
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-27037.html Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: An early Anglo-Saxon cast copper-alloy wrist or sleeve clasp. It has three half-round stitching lugs, each projecting from plain square panels on the body, which are divided by two sections of worn transverse grooves. On the outer edge, there is a loop of reduced thickness for the clasp hook.

Complete clasps of this type consist of one hooked and one looped element. Many have been found in female graves of the pagan period.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-35142.html Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: The looped section of an early Anglo-Saxon wrist or sleeve clasp. It is rectangular in plan, with a rectangular loop for the clasp hook projecting from the centre of the front edge. Instead of the more usual piercings for sewing the clasp to a garment, it has three waisted projections, around which the thread would have been secured. Two of the projections are at the ends of the clasp, and one projects from the back edge opposite the clasp loop. The clasp is decorated with five transverse bands of beading in sunken relief.

Complete clasps of this type consist of one hooked and one looped element. Many have been found in female graves of the pagan period.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-35170.html Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: An early Anglo-Saxon cast copper-alloy wrist or sleeve clasp. It has a scalloped outer edge, two attachment holes and a rectangular loop of reduced thickness for the clasp hook. The front has moulded, incised and punched decoration.

Complete clasps of this type consist of one hooked and one looped element. Many have been found in female graves of the pagan period.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-35283.html Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: The looped section of an early Anglo-Saxon wrist or sleeve clasp. The front of the clasp has moulded and punched decoration, and there are four projections along the attachment edge. The two outer projections (one damaged) are tongue-shaped and pierced for attaching the clasp to a garment. The two inner ones are triangular. The loop for the clasp hook, at the centre of the opposite edge, is incomplete. The back of the clasp is plain.

Complete clasps of this type consist of one hooked and one looped element. Many have been found in female graves of the pagan period.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Wrist Clasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/wrist-clasp-10453.html Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Wrist Clasp  
Description: An early Anglo-Saxon cast copper-alloy wrist or sleeve clasp. It has a serrated outer edge, three attachment holes and a rectangular loop of reduced thickness for the clasp hook. The front has incised linear decoration, including two saltires and border lines along the serrated edge and sides.

Complete clasps of this type consist of one hooked and one looped element. Many have been found in female graves of the pagan period.
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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Gusset Plate https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/early-medieval/wrist-clasps/gusset-plate-17061.html Sun, 25 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Wrist clasps Gusset Plate  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy gusset plate (sleeve fitting) of the Anglo-Saxon period. It would originally have been of a slender triangular shape with two incurved sides of equal length and a shorter third side. At the junction of the two incurved sides there is a moulded zoomorphic terminal in the form of a grotesque animal's head.

A gusset plate was sometimes sewn to the sleeve of a garment in conjunction with a pair of functional wrist clasps as a decorative dress accessory. The fact that these fittings are few in number suggests that they were not a common feature.
See also; UKDFD 3271UKDFD 27075 & UKDFD 56351
Category: Early Medieval, Wrist clasps
Category: Wrist clasps
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