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Description This very unusual silver stick pin has a conical and rounded knob decorating its head and a shaft incised with a spiral line, possibly to catch the threads of the garment to prevent slipping once it was attached. It resembles a drop spindle reduced to jewelry scale. It was found in a crannog (lake dwelling) in County Galway.
Date Description Narrative
8/06/1979Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance Robert Day, Cork; Robert Day Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, May 19-22, 1913, no 458; William Randolph Hearst; Joseph Brummer; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 11-14, 1949, no. 267; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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6th-8th century (Early Medieval)
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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3 15/16 x 1/8 in. (10 x 0.3 cm) (h. x diam.)
  • United Kingdom, crannog, Ireland, Galway (Place of Discovery)


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