This is a very rare Saxon gold jeweled scabbard button, dating to the 6th - 7th century A.D. It is an impressive piece of early Saxon jewelry, set with a large flat-topped garnet gemstone. The garnet is held in a rubbed over the bezel, decorated with beaded wirework. Similar flat-topped garnet can be found on the Anglo-Saxon gold pectoral cross, found in the Staffordshire Hoard.
OBJECT: Scabbard Button
CULTURE: Saxon Germanic Migration.
DATE: c. 6th - 7th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Garnet
SIZE: 18.13mm x 13.66mm x 8.41mm
WEIGHT: 4.82 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection (this is not a British find!)
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