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Jewels of Kind Alfred: a triumph of the Saxon Goldsmith

Jewels of Kind Alfred: a triumph of the Saxon Goldsmith

Few more striking proofs of the excellence of the old Saxon goldsmiths' handiwork have come down to us than these jewels of the Saxon King. They were found at Newton Park between Athelney and Bridgwater in 1693, some distance north of the site of Athelney Abbey, whither Alfred retired after his defeat by the Danes in 878. There is an inscription around the setting, "Alfred had me made." The jewels are now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to which they were bequeathed by the late Thomas Palmer, of Fairfield, Somerset.

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