Bone (and to a lesser extent antler) pins have been a mainstay of culture for thousands of years. The versatility of the materials means that everything from tiny pins used to make casting moulds to large heavy pins suitable for holding a skin or cloak together can be crafted. They are also incredibly effective as hair pins!
Throughout history, various methods have been used to manufacture these pins including “freehand” with a knife or flint or turning on a lathe (particularly prevalent during the Roman period).
We produce a range of pins based on specific archaeological finds from the Neolithic onwards. In addition to the already extensive catalogue of past examples, new ones are always being added and we are happy to craft unique pieces based on a customer’s own design and ideas.
The following gallery depicts examples of pins based on finds from the Neolithic, Roman and Early Medieval.