Type 1b: Barred

Type 1b - basic outline Type 1b - timeline Distribution of Type 1b combs in British Isles European distribution of Type 1b combs
Type 1b example

Type 1b single-sided combs are characterised by what we may term 'supernumerary' connecting plates. While most composite combs are constructed with a number of toothplates and a pair of connecting plates (the minimum required in order to ensure the physical integrity of the object), Type 1b combs feature three or four connecting plates. Most examples represent a high level of craftsmanship. Traditionally, a Frisian origin has been assumed for these combs, though Hills (1981) has cogently argued for an Anglo-Saxon genesis, and it is notable that, in terms of gross morphology and ornament, they do bear comparison with Type 1a, perhaps suggesting that they are part of a common developmental sequence. Type 1b itself dates to the period between the late 4th and 8th centuries (MacGregor 1985, 85-7), though is subject to a certain degree of internal variation over this extended period.

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