|Saxon Bronze Jewellery|
Hand crafted Saxon Bronze Jewellery. Crosses, Necklace Pendants and Earrings. Hair Pins / Slides, Buckles and Belt Keeps.
Anglo-Saxon England began with the withdrawal of the Last Roman Legion from Celtic Briton, at the start of the fall of the Roman Empire, in 410AD
Though the Anglo-Saxons never fully eliminated all elements of Celtic life, customs and language in Briton, the ancestors / traditions of which still exist today in the South West of England and in Wales, Ireland and Scotland, they were the dominant culture and force in England for over 500 years from the late 5th - early 6th Century AD until 'Battle of Hastings' in 1066 AD
On the 5th July, 2009, whilst metal-detecting on farmland in southern Staffordshire, Terry Herbert began to unearth the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. Comprising over 1500 items in gold, silver and other alloys and valued at £3.3 million, the collection is thought to date back to the late 7th and early 8th centuries. St Justin has recreated history by producing items inspired by this amazing find.
Saxon Bronze Cross with Red Crystal
Hand finished Bronze Saxon Crosses with embossed design and set with a ruby red crystal on gold-plated brass chain. Design inspired by a large gold and garnet cross found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
Size: Width: 28mm Height: 40mm
Chain length: 18 inch (45cm)
Chain Finish: Gold Plated Brass
Saxon Bronze Spiral Pendant
Hand finished Bronze Saxon pendants with embossed spiral design on black leather thong. Design inspired by a gold sword fitting found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
Size: Width:31mm Height: 35mm
Thong length (max.): 30 inch (76cm)
Thong Finish: Black Leather
Saxon Bronze Enamelled Earrings
Hand finished Bronze Saxon Pyramid drop earrings with cold enamel on Gold-plated sterling silver hooks. Design inspired by a gold sword fitting inlaid with garnet found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
Size: Width: 14mm Length (incl. hook): 46mm
Saxon Bronze Enamelled Pendant
Hand finished Bronze Saxon Pyramid pendants with cold enamel on gold-plated chain. Design inspired by a gold sword fitting inlaid with garnet found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
Size: Width: 18mm Height: 41mm
Chain length: 18 inch (45cm)
Finish: Gold Plated Brass
Saxon Bronze Hair Slide / Pin
Hand finished Bronze Saxon hair slides with embossed zoomorphic design and Rosewood pin. Design inspired by a gold sword hilt found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
The rosewood pin on the back holds the hair tightly to prevent the hairslide from slipping out. Hairslides with a wooden pin require a thicker mass of hair to be effective but once pushed in remain very secure.
Finish: Bronze & Rosewood
Size: Width: 80mm Height: 28mm Length of pin: 117mm
Saxon Bronze Buckle & Belt Keep
Hand finished Heavy bronze Saxon buckle and Belt Keep.
The Buckle is embossed with a design inspired by a gold sword fitting found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard with a Stainless steel bar for the belt to clip onto and a strong prong to push through the holes.
The Belt Keep is embossed with a spiral design also inspired by designs found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.
Buckle Size: Width: 76mm Height: 47mm For belt width: 40mm (1.5 inch)
Belt Keep Size: Width: 7mm Height: 43mm For belt width: 40mm (1.5 inch)
'Sutton Hoo' Saxon Pendants
Hand finished Pewter and Copper 'Sutton Hoo' Saxon pendant inspired by the design on a bowl recovered from the burial chamber at Sutton Hoo. On 18? rhodium-plated trace chain.
Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in the English County of Suffolk, is the site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, now held in the British Museum in London.
Finish: Pewter and Bronze
Size: Width: 49mm Height: 49mm Chain length: 18 inch (45cm)
|The Anglo-Saxon History in Celtic Briton|
Anglo-Saxon England began with the withdrawal of the Last Roman Legion from Celtic Briton, at the start of the fall of the Roman Empire, in 410AD. This event opened the door to the hoards of Saxons, and Angles from the German / Northern Europe regions of Angeln and Saxony who, having landed along much of the entire Eastern Seaboard of England, heralded the decline of Celtic Britons dominance of these British Isles as the Anglo-Saxons pushed ever aggressively westward across the entire length of the Country. This advance was only halted for a short period of history, sometime between the late 490's AD into the early 500's AD, by the uniting of Celtic Chieftains / Clans under the leadership of a ' leader of Battles' A Celtic Warlord (Dux Bellorum / 'Duke' or 'Lord' of Battles) which History has come to identify as the Legendary 'King Arthur' of the Britons.
At this time, the Jutes and the Frisians from Denmark were also settling in the British Isles, but the Anglo-Saxon settlers were effectively their own masters in a new land and they did little to keep the legacy of the Romans alive. They replaced the Roman stone buildings with their own wooden ones, and spoke their own language, which gave rise to the English spoken today.
The Anglo-Saxons also brought their own religious beliefs, but the arrival of Saint Augustine in 597 converted most of the country to Christianity.
The Anglo-Saxon period lasted for 600 years, from the late 5th - early 6th Century AD to 1066, and in that time Britain's political landscape underwent many changes.
The early settlers kept to small tribal groups, forming kingdoms and sub-kingdoms. By the ninth century, the country was divided into four kingdoms - Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia and Wessex.
Wessex was the only one of these kingdoms to survive the Viking invasions. Eric Bloodaxe, the Viking ruler of York, was killed by the Wessex army in 954 and England was united under one king - Edred.
Most of the information we have about the Anglo-Saxons comes from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a year-by-year account of all the major events of the time. Among other things it describes the rise and fall of the bishops and kings and the important battles of the period. It begins with the story of Hengist and Horsa in AD 449.
Anglo-Saxon rule came to an end in 1066, soon after the death of Edward the Confessor, who had no heir. He had supposedly willed the kingdom to William of Normandy, but also seemed to favour Harold Godwinson as his successor.
Harold was crowned king immediately after Edward died, but he failed in his attempt to defend his crown, when William and an invading army crossed the Channel from Normandy to claim it for himself. Harold was defeated by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066, and thus a new era was ushered in.