About this object

Broad-band arm-ring or bracelet decorated with opposed triangle hourglass shape. Penannular, with punched ornament; complete. Bent roughly in half and flattened, it tapers strongly from its expanded mid-portion to the terminals, which are rounded. The outer face is ornamented with a continuous row of vertical (transverse) impressions of a large opposed-triangle (hour-glass) shaped stamp; this has finely serrated edges at top and bottom and both its triangles contain a single pellet, one of which features an apparent flaw in the form of a raised line that transverses it. This ‘defect’ reveals that either the flat arm-ring or the punch was reversed by the silversmith when the mid-point was reached during the stamping process. [I chose band because it’s important to be clear that the stamping preceded the finishing, but the addition of ‘flat’ would do] Both edges of the decorated face are bordered with a continuous row of vertical stamping formed with a punch of two amorphous blobs; these rows were applied after the row of opposed-triangle impressions, which they sometimes overstrike in the terminal areas. Discovered as part of the Huxley Hoard.

Width 12mm (min) - 22mm (max)
Height 10mm (min) - 12mm (max)
Thickness 2mm

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament; Bracelet
  • Culture
  • Date made
    Early Medieval (410 AD - 1065 AD)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Cheshire: Huxley
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    12 mm x 22 mm x 112 mm
Object view = Archaeology
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