Copper alloy harness-fitting or mount. Wrought bronze plate, incomplete and in two fragments, with curving-sided open sections. Long, thin punch facets may be discerned at the back. At the back in the middle of the curved side there is a projecting bronze loop which was cast or brazed on after the plate itself had been made, and which was designed for a strap of not more than 10mm wide. A catch-plate amd a pair of hinge-plates for an iron pin (now missing) project from the back. These were either a cast or brazed on after the plate itself had been made. In the space between the two hinge-plates are the much rusted remains of the pin's hinge and its iron pivot. The obverse of the plate is embellished with five circular insets of red glass 'enamel', most of which has dropped out, and with areas of punched hatching, some of it 'matted', that is defined by incised lines. From Polden Hill, Somerset.
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