Valuable Anglo-Saxon item found on field in Mold

Published date: 23 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PIECE of silver Anglo-Saxon decoration found in the region could earn “thousands” for a treasure hunter.

Chris Morris, a member the Mold Historical Search Society (HSS) found a piece of history dating back to the Middle Ages with the discovery of a decorative strap-end.

Mr Morris had discovered the strap-end, dating back to the 8th or 9th century, while metal detecting with the HSS in a field near Mold in May 2012.

Strap-ends were commonly used as decorative fittings for high-status, wealthy members of Anglo-Saxon society on items such as sword belts or leather straps, protecting the loose end of the leather and weighing down the material.

It was one of two of Mr Morris’ discoveries declared as treasure at a coroner’s hearing in Wrexham yesterday.

In a report from Dr Mark Redknapp, of the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, the strap-end is described as having ‘incised zoomorphic’ or animal designs.

It measures 34.7 mm in length, 14.4mm in width and 1.1 mm deep.

Judging by the design and colour, Dr Redknapp found the strap-end would have amounts of silver well in excess of 10 per cent – one of the requirements that has to be satisfied before it can be classified as treasure.

John Gittins, coroner for North East and Central Wales, found due to its age and metal content, the strap-end could be classified as treasure.

He also informed Mr Morris the National Museum of Wales had expressed an interest in acquiring the item.

Mr Morris told the coroner the strap-end, in his view, was more likely to be worth “thousands, rather than hundreds, of pounds”, but declined to comment on an exact sum.

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  1. Posted by: minelab at 13:35 on 23 May 2014 Report

    As a fellow detectorist it saddens me to see that greed has taken precedent over releasing the find for people to see. The find is part of our heritage and Mr Morris' greed I can assure you does not represent the majority of detectorists in this country

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