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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Craft, industry and trade

Bronze ring-pin

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

Bronze ring-pin, lacking ring. The head is cubic in shape, with facetted corners. A saltire cross has been cut on each of the unperforated faces of the head. This piece probably dates to the 7th century AD.

Ringed pins were usually used to fasten cloaks, or occasionally wrap-around jackets. A cord tied to the ring was wrapped round the shank after it had been pushed through the cloth, to secure it in place.

Materials/Media:
Copper alloy
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Digital Number:
WTAH009


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