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The Anglo-Saxons enjoyed a reputation as goldsmiths and silversmiths reaching far beyond the limits of their own land. Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths were influenced by foreign styles and techniques; and many of the materials they used would certainly have been acquired through foreign trade.

Brooch

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Brooch from Kent with Scandinavian influence.

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Necklace

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The Desborough necklace. This style of necklace spread from Italy to Anglo-Saxon England via Francia and Frisia (an area now covered by France, Germany and the Low Countries).

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Buckle

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Silver and gold buckle in a Germanic style.

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Brooch with garnets

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Disc brooch decorated with garnets, blue glass and white shell, probably an imitation of the Frankish style.

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Pendants

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Gold disc pendants influenced by Byzantine fashions.

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Pendant from North Yorkshire

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Filigree and garnet gold disc pendant from North Yorkshire. Disc shaped pendants such as this have been found all across Anglo-Saxon England.

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King Alfred’s jewel