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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 5  1863  page 316

By JOHN BRENT, JUN., F.S.A.  continued

of a class frequently found and described. Its length is nearly four inches, and the front is chased with a not unusual pattern.
   The Glass Vessel (Plate III.).—This is of very delicate material, and of the usual pale-green colour of Saxon glass. It has, as will be seen in the illustration, much of the common raised thread-work upon it, some of which has taken the form of five arched ornaments, springing from knobs or drops standing nearly a quarter of an inch out from the glass near its bottom; and it terminates in a sixth knob. It is of an unusual, perhaps unique shape, as the produce of an Anglo-Saxon grave, but bears some resemblance to a specimen taken from one of the graves of the Alemanni at Oberflacht, in Suabia, as described by Mr. Wylie in ‘Archaeologia’ (vol. xxxvi. part 1). When first taken out of the grave, amid all its iridescent qualities, it presented a prevailing ruby or reddish-brown colour. Mr. Wylie alludes to a similar appearance in some glass vessels

  found in ancient graves in Germany, which, he suggests, may have arisen from the residuum of wine or blood.1 Probably it is one of a class of vessels manufactured expressly for funeral rites, as its material and form are far too delicate for daily use. Its height is about five inches.
   The Spoon or Ladle (Plate II., fig. 3).—This elegant relic is in excellent preservation. The handle, which is of silver, is perforated near the top, for the purpose of suspension, and bears running down it a delicate zigzag ornament. Its base spreads out to join the
   1. [ This is but the ordinary result of decomposition on glass, and may at least be proved to be no residuum of the last contents of the glass be its appearance on the outside as well as the inside. On another glass vessel, found at Sarr, there is so thick an outer crust of brown, which has, too, so strong a smell, that I was inclined to think it might have been coated with paint ; but a great authority on ancient glass, to whom I have shewn it, assures me that both crust and smell are occasioned by decomposition- T.G.F.]

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