A young friend of mine was apprenticed to a saddler and spent several years stuffing saddles with straw and sewing hames with a bodkin. Hames is a draw-horse collar . . . and also a peculiarity of Hiberno-Ingles to mean a hash or mess. That usage is one of the cultural artifacts my father acquired from growing up in Waterford and passed on to me. I'll bet our saddler knows what a terret is. Indeed if she'd gone on to work as an archaeologist rather than a paramedic and ambulance driver, she'd have been able to call this
like it is. Without her, it fell to Kate "Misty" Sumnall [above], the London archaeologist, to identify the purpose of this bronze donut-with-trimmings. Indeed there were a pair of terrets flagged as part of a 45kg hoard of mostly bronze artefacts discovered in Havering at the end of last year:
The ghostly Hand of Sumnall appearing to give a sense of scale. Terrets come in pairs because they serve as rein-guides to stop horse-harness getting tangled. Like the Spandrels of San Marco, the functional core was often embellished with decoration, owner's marks and, much later, even jingle bells.