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  • Description

    Plain gold strap-runner in the form of a tongueless buckle. The object consists of an oblong loop, oval in section, and a short rectangular plate formed of thick gold sheet folded over on itself. The loop passes through the folded edge of the plate, which is cut away at the corners at the loop edge. The plate is secured by two plain gold rivets with domed heads and beaded wire collars.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 9.7 grammes
    • Length: 1.1 centimetres (plate)
    • Width: 1.7 centimetres (plate)
    • Length: 2.45 centimetres (loop)
    • Width: 1.1 centimetres (loop)
    • Thickness: 0.4 centimetres (loop)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.353 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 1993

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean for photograhy and redisplay. Take care! Garmets!


    Surface dirt. Req no 53466

    Treatment details

    Gently polished using Goddard's long term silver cloth (comp. unknown).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,13 (former number)


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