Silver strap end fitting
Anglo-Saxon, 9th century AD
Found with a metal detector at Crawley, Hampshire in 2001
This object would have been attached to the end of a fine strap or braid used in the clothing of the period. At one end you can see the attachment holes. At the opposite end is a flat animal mask with big eyes and rounded ears. The main field of the object is decorated with a stylised animal in profile, with the head curved back to bite the thin, spindly body. The animal is typical of the 9th century Anglo-Saxon fine metalwork style known as Trewhiddle, after a coin-dated hoard in the style from Trewhiddle in Cornwall.