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    Cast and gilded copper alloy ring of ring-sword type, from the front of shield 1939,1010.94. The ring is solid, and consists of a plain flat circular lobe, or 'button', from which projects a second vertical lobe with a beaded collar, which curves round to form a half-ring shape that terminates flush with the base of the flat circular lobe. The ring has a central rivet incorporated behind it, for attachment to the shield board. Also the wooden backing with a rivet hole, and a partial impression from a foil strip which has not survived. The ring is mounted on the shield reconstruction with an electrotype of the lost foil strip.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.5 centimetres
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres
    • Height: 17.5 millimetres (overall, with rivet)
    • Weight: 30.8 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.93, 99 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.206 (Also registered as this number)
Cast and gilded copper alloy ring of ring-sword type. See record 1939,1010.94.L for details.

Cast and gilded copper alloy ring of ring-sword type. See record 1939,1010.94.L for details.

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