Date Made/Found: 400-900 AD
Material and Medium: Bone and iron
Dimensions: Length 3.8cm, maximum width 2.3cm
Accession Number: 1981.1.3193
Decorated bone comb found at Wigber Low, Derbyshire.
Composite combs like this one have a long history. They are found from the Roman period until well into the Medieval period. Their advantage was that, as teeth broke, tooth plates could be replaced. This was easier than replacing the whole comb.
This piece consists of a single damaged tooth plate, a piece of decorated connecting plate and the rivet which would originally have fastened them to the rest of the comb. The tooth plate has teeth cut at top and bottom, showing it was from a comb with teeth on both sides. These are called double sided combs.
The connecting plate a simple ring and dot design on it. This decoration is commonly found on combs. They appear to be set out in alternating rows. However, as so little survives, this may be just part of a much larger scheme of decoration.
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