A copper-alloy ring-headed pin from Withern with Stain, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Ring-Headed Pin (SWYOR-E57351)
A copper-alloy ring-headed pin found in Withern with Stain, Lincolnshire
The ringed pin was a form of dress fastener which developed as a result of contact between artisans in the Celtic West and sub-Roman Britain. The type became very popular in Ireland, being ultimately adopted by the Hiberno-Norse during the Viking period. In form it comprised a pin with a ring inserted through a looped, perforated or pierced head.