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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Craft, industry and trade

Bronze ring-pin

Early Medieval

Bronze ring-pin, lacking ring. The head is cubic in shape, with facetted corners. A saltire cross has been cut on each of the unperforated faces of the head. This piece probably dates to the 7th century AD.

Ringed pins were usually used to fasten cloaks, or occasionally wrap-around jackets. A cord tied to the ring was wrapped round the shank after it had been pushed through the cloth, to secure it in place.

Copper alloy
The Whithorn Trust
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