Measurements: 8 cm – length, weight – 5.66 g


Description: A silver-gilt pin with globular hollow-cast head composed of two symmetrical hemi-spheres each bordered with wired filigree forming double-belt across pinhead’s body. The pin head bears embossed domes, five of which toped by applied knobs, placed along the median and alternated by empty filigree sockets, granulation in between wires and open-work. The last one on top was used to fix the shaft of the pin in restoration. The globular head pins are quite common in the Late Saxon art, however, such richly decorated example are of a rarity. Quite often such items are dated to the later, Early Medieval, period. However, those have different decoration patterns and are normally longer.


Provenance: From the former Lord Alistair MacAlpine collection.


Reference: T. Murdoch, Jewellery in London from pre-Roman times to the 1930s, Hampshire, 1991, p. 106, cat. 185.


Period: 10th -11th century AD


Condition: Very fine. The silver shaft has been re-attached in professional restoration - minor traces of glue on the underside of the pin head and traces of soldering on top where shaft and hollow head connect.

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