Anglo-Saxon Girdle Hanger

Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0
Object type: Girdle Hanger
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 21/08/2021
Location: Bainton, East Yorkshire


It is suggested that this is a girdle hanger dating to AD 575 – 700. When the metal was new its surface would have been conspicuously reflective and might also have displayed brightly coloured fabric, which would easily be attached by stitching. An alternative suggestion is that it was part of a brush, with the holes used to house bristles.