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Curtis Museum, Alton

The Alton Buckle

The Anglo Saxon buckle from Grave 16 of the Mount Pleasant Anglo-Saxon cemetery found during excavations in 1959-61.

A silver gilt body with sub-triangular shape, filigree wire and niello, set with cloisionne garnets and glass. The centre panel of semi zoomorphic design is gold filigree on a gold repousse base. The buckle shows signs of considerable use and wear, the two silver gilt bars being ancient repairs.

Alton Buckle

The buckle was found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior with a sword, shield boss, spear heads and numerous small items.

It is the finest piece of Anglo-Saxon craftmanship to have been found in Hampshire, and is amongst the most beautiful and accomplished Anglo-Saxon pieces to have been found outside the famous Sutton Hoo burial.

Buckles like this were worn by men and used to fasten a belt worn around the waist or hips during the 6th and 7th centuries.

 

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