LEIC-782CD2: 782CD2 Borre disc brooch

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Unique ID: LEIC-782CD2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper alloy disc brooch, 30.5mm in diameter and 3mm thick, with a weight of 8.73grams. The brooch is in fair, but worn condition, having part of its edge missing. It has a dark green patina with patches of green corrosion. The brooch has small traces of silvering on both surfaces. On its reverse it has a hooked catchplate, 10mm wide and 9mm high, aligned parallel with the edge. There is also a circular patch of yellowish corrosion where the lug, now missing, was attached.

The brooch is decorated in the Borre style, and although worn can be matched to the East Anglian type II. It consists of a central recessed circle with a raised border set inside a concave sided lozenge shaped raised border. The spaces between the circle and the lozenge form four triangles and within each is a small circular pellet, due to the brooches condition this only clear in one corner. The corners of the lozenge extend to form double stranded interlace, which is loosley knotted and terminates in a curved tendril. This is contained with a narrow raised border forming the brooches edge.

The brooch is a clear example of an Anglo-Scandinavian brooch with Scandinavian decoration and Insular fittings. For discussion of these brooches (including this example) see Kershaw, J.F, 2013, p.56-65.

Class: East Anglian series
Sub class: Type II

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Exactly AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 8.73 g
Diameter: 30.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th April 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott
Secondary identifier: Dr Jane Kershaw

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Burton and Dalby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7617
Four figure Latitude: 52.74528988
Four figure longitude: -0.87560454
1:25K map: SK7617
1:10K map: SK71NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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