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Members may recall my post from a couple of days ago where I showed a tin of uncleaned finds that I intend to ration and gradually clean over the lock-down.
Anyway I picked out an interesting one to wash and look at.
This is what it turned out to be........
It's only small but it is really interesting. It is silver gilt, has a loop on the top and has a series of four, forked bearded human heads around it. Emerging from underneath and gripped by the heads is a tooth. Being a dog owner and lover the tooth is very similar to a dog's tooth. Because it has been given talismanic status by being mounted in a pendant I can only conclude that it is a wolf tooth. Similar ones dated to the Viking period Are known. The human heads,to my eyes,look right for the Viking period.
So unless you can point me in a different direction my ID of this is a Viking silver gilt wolf tooth pendant, probably 9th/ 10th century.
Not too far away, a couple of years ago, I found an Anglo Scandinavian stirrup terminal and also a stirrup strap mount of the same date so although they are very, very rare finds from these fields other finds from the Viking period have turned up in this area. I will email my FLO.
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What a great find Spearhead and my guess is you're right on the money with the ID - be interesting to hear the follow up from the FLO on this one but guess it will be some time in the future.

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Fascinating. ::g The tooth and claw pendant idea has been used throughout the ages. It looks a bit like foliate decoration to me but still could be old. We'll see what the FLO has to say. :D

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Mugwamp wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:22 am
What a great find Spearhead and my guess is you're right on the money with the ID - be interesting to hear the follow up from the FLO on this one but guess it will be some time in the future.
Yes it will be interesting but as you said it will take time. ::g

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fred wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:24 am
Fascinating. ::g The tooth and claw pendant idea has been used throughout the ages. It looks a bit like foliate decoration to me but still could be old. We'll see what the FLO has to say. :D

I hate to think what my sorting is going to produce.
The second picture above better shows how the heads look to the naked eye. The other images are greatly magnified and distort how the heads look to the naked eye. Yes the beards may have a foliate element to them but this could be a deliberate design element. The eyes and nose are quite definite.

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Wow, that's amazing. Well spotted as well, if it had been me I'd have thought it was a bit of a tractor knowing my luck. I wonder how many of these tiny finds end up in the hedge?

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Carbon dating could be useful.....

Maybe the formal owner had his wisdom tooth pulled out and kept it as a painful reminder :D


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Very unusual find, whatever the age . well found.. ::g

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Spearhead wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:17 am
Members may recall my post from a couple of days ago where I showed a tin of uncleaned finds that I intend to ration and gradually clean over the lock-down.
Anyway I picked out an interesting one to wash and look at.
This is what it turned out to be........
It's only small but it is really interesting. It is silver gilt, has a loop on the top and has a series of four, forked bearded human heads around it. Emerging from underneath and gripped by the heads is a tooth. Being a dog owner and lover the tooth is very similar to a dog's tooth. Because it has been given talismanic status by being mounted in a pendant I can only conclude that it is a wolf tooth. Similar ones dated to the Viking period Are known. The human heads,to my eyes,look right for the Viking period.
So unless you can point me in a different direction my ID of this is a Viking silver gilt wolf tooth pendant, probably 9th/ 10th century.
Not too far away, a couple of years ago, I found an Anglo Scandinavian stirrup terminal and also a stirrup strap mount of the same date so although they are very, very rare finds from these fields other finds from the Viking period have turned up in this area. I will email my FLO.
25/30 years ago a friend of mine found a ring with proximal phalange in a bog next to a river in France ,lucky enough his best mate was working in a lab and managed to get the bone carbon dated it was 100% Scandinavian origin and they even gave an estimate of 6.4ft for the size of the bearer

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Rivers rat wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:40 pm
Spearhead wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:17 am
Members may recall my post from a couple of days ago where I showed a tin of uncleaned finds that I intend to ration and gradually clean over the lock-down.
Anyway I picked out an interesting one to wash and look at.
This is what it turned out to be........
It's only small but it is really interesting. It is silver gilt, has a loop on the top and has a series of four, forked bearded human heads around it. Emerging from underneath and gripped by the heads is a tooth. Being a dog owner and lover the tooth is very similar to a dog's tooth. Because it has been given talismanic status by being mounted in a pendant I can only conclude that it is a wolf tooth. Similar ones dated to the Viking period Are known. The human heads,to my eyes,look right for the Viking period.
So unless you can point me in a different direction my ID of this is a Viking silver gilt wolf tooth pendant, probably 9th/ 10th century.
Not too far away, a couple of years ago, I found an Anglo Scandinavian stirrup terminal and also a stirrup strap mount of the same date so although they are very, very rare finds from these fields other finds from the Viking period have turned up in this area. I will email my FLO.
25/30 years ago a friend of mine found a ring with proximal phalange in a bog next to a river in France ,lucky enough his best mate was working in a lab and managed to get the bone carbon dated it was 100% Scandinavian origin and they even gave an estimate of 6.4ft for the size of the bearer

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That's interesting. Sadly I have no contacts for C14 dating.

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That's a very interesting find. ::g
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fred wrote:
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I hate to think what my sorting is going to produce.
I'll bet there's a bit of gold in there :)

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TheAndyA wrote:
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That's a very interesting find. ::g
Thanks Andy. Its certainly entertaining my brain and keeping Mr Google busy ::g

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Phil2401 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:40 pm
fred wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:24 am


I hate to think what my sorting is going to produce.
I'll bet there's a bit of gold in there :)

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Very interesting find ::g
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shaggybfc wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:29 pm
Very interesting find ::g
Thanks Shaggy.

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An excellent find and a very interesting and significant one. looking forward to FLO's findings. ::g
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sweepstick47 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:02 pm
An excellent find and a very interesting and significant one. looking forward to FLO's findings. ::g
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Thanks SS much appreciated. ::g

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That's awesome mate Love it ::g

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That's awesome mate Love it ::g
Thanks Borogers, it's great when other people appreciate a find. ::g

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Send the photos to [email protected] he work at the BM he will tell you what it is... ::g

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borogers wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:36 pm
Send the photos to [email protected] he work at the BM he will tell you what it is... ::g
Yes, good idea. I have dealt with Kevin before. Thanks.

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It'll be nice if it is Viking, fingers crossed for you ::g ::g

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cantona1 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:35 pm
It'll be nice if it is Viking, fingers crossed for you ::g ::g

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Yes I will check with Kevin Leahy. I will let you know. ::g

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Cracking little find! Definitely early. ::g

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Allectus wrote:
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Cracking little find! Definitely early. ::g

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Thanks A, I have emailed Kevin and will let you know what he says. ::g

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No idea how I missed this yesterday. Beautiful find l;.

What else is in your tin? I still have a finds bag to clear out from Monday but I don’t hold out much hope of anything being very good. Swap for your tin? ;)
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Oxgirl36 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:08 am
No idea how I missed this yesterday. Beautiful find l;.

What else is in your tin? I still have a finds bag to clear out from Monday but I don’t hold out much hope of anything being very good. Swap for your tin? ;)
I am looking at one find a day. Most items look fairly normal. See the picture below. One item looks a little interesting and I am saving that one. If it's any good I will post it. At the top of the tin you can see the muddy tooth pendant with part of the tooth showing and the other uncleaned interesting on its immediate right. ::g
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Here are a couple more photos, it's been a bit tricky to get decent images of it.
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Tooth seems canine........if its from a wolf even better ::g


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