Empingham Women's Sleeve Closures
The original of this item was found in the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Empingham, Rutland, UK.
Early Anglo-Saxon women's fashion called for extremely tight sleeves on the lower part of the arm. In order to be able to get their arms through the tight sleeves, the sleeves were slit along the seam at the outside of the wrist. Sleeve closures were hook-and-eye plates sewn onto the sides of the slit to keep the sleeve closed while it was being worn.
Our reproduction is, like the original, hand-stamped, with two holes on each plate for sewing onto the sleeve. We offer this item in a choice of three different metals: brass, bronze, and german silver (a nickel alloy). Please choose which metal you would prefer.
A single hook-and-eye unit measures approximately 1 3/8 inches / 3.5 centimeters wide and 1 3/8 inches / 3.5 centimeters long. The hook plate measures approximately 6/8 inch / 2 centimeters wide and 1 3/8 inches / 3.5 centimeters long. The eye plate measures approximately 6/8 inch / 2.8 centimeters wide and 1 3/8 inches / 3.5 centimeters long.
Pricing: Two pairs of sleeve closures (2 hook plates and 2 eye plates) - $35.00