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buckle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1908,0801.393

  • Description

    Copper alloy buckle: one of a pair; miniature rectangular, bevelled loop; tongue with basal shield; hinged triangular profiled plate with cast Style II animal interlace in centre flanked by pair of heads with long pelleted jaws; three attachment rivets.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    Comment refers to 1908,0801.393 to 539

    Provenances:
    An MS summary catalogue, apparently by Edelmann himself, accompanies the collection; it is divided by period, each with an independent running series (in this case nos. 1 to 149, pp. 39 to 46) and listed under site by type.

    The catalogue of Zürn and Schiek (ZÜRN H. and SCHIEK S. 1969. Die Sammlung Edelmann im Britischen Museum zu London, Urkunden zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte aus Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern 3. Stuttgart) gives known find circumstances, further topographical details and references, with history of other finds from some sites. They are not repeated here. A day-book, retained by Edelmann in Germany, was partially transcribed by these authors, but unfortunately the Merovingian section was not started before the book was destroyed in the Second World War. However, it appears that Zürn and Schiek did not have access to the MS catalogue nor to the MS labels accompanying some objects in the British Museum. That information is given in full here, and results in numerous differences in detail from the publication cited above, in particular with the contents of grave groups containing silver inlaid iron belt mounts, which are not provenanced in the Register, but are fully detailed in the catalogue. Several sites have a long history of discoveries, and closely comparable material to that in the British Museum is published in Lindenschmit (LINDENSCHMIT L. 1860. Die Vaterländischen Alterthümer der Fürstlich Hohenzoller'schen Sammlung zu Sigmaringen. Mainz). It is clear that many graves in the area were robbed in antiquity, soon after the original burial, and this may explain the fragmentary and incomplete nature of the groups in the collection.

    The traditional place-names have been used, but there is cross-indexing to the administrative revisions of the 1970s in the topographical index.

    It is clear that, in registration, grave groups were broken up and arranged so inconveniently because the Register has followed Edelmann's MS list in grouping the objects by type and material.

    Given by Sir John Brunner and Sir Henry Howorth.

    Ex collection Hyronimus Edelmann of Sigmaringen, Merovingian section ("Fraenkisch-alamannische Zeit"); other material is in the departments of Greek and Roman Antiquities, and the Prehistoric section of Prehistory and Europe. (see Zürn and Schiek 1969, who only included the latter material in their catalogue)
    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Provenance:
    Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; found 1889; grave 1, associated with nos. 1908,0801.393-8; the grave contents as a group noted in Edelmann 1893a, p. 59 and 1893b, pp. 203-4; Edelmann excavated some graves on the site, others were chance finds.

    Published:
    EDELMANN H. 1893a. Die Reihengräber von Hedingen-Sigmaringen, Fundberichte aus Schwaben I, Stuttgart, p. 58, fig. 2
    EDELMANN H. 1893b. Neues 'Altes' vom oberen Donaugau, Blätter des Schwäbischen Albvereins V part 10, Stuttgart, p. 205, fig. 1
    ZÜRN H. and SCHIEK S. 1969. Die Sammlung Edelmann im Britischen Museum zu London, Urkunden zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte aus Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern 3. Stuttgart, p. 29, pl. 35B:4 to 6

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1908

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1889

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1908,0801.393

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