LVPL-9E1D13: Medieval gold brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: LVPL-9E1D13

Object type certainty: Certain
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Very fine medieval gold annular brooch dating from the 15th century. The brooch is hollow cast and is hemispherical in section. Part of the frame is made up of a pair of very finely cast three-dimensional clasped hands, the right hand faces the front and is positioned over the left. There is a raised band immediately below the knuckles suggesting the end of a sleeve. The left hand, facing the back of the brooch, has the same band but is less pronounced probably due to wear. There is a small hole about 1mm diameter where the thumbs of the hands meet on the inner edge of the frame. Cuffs are represented at the wrist by a raised rim with a milled edge. The rest of the frame has an inscription in raised gothic or 'black letter' script beginning with a cross pattee and ending with a cross in a square. The inscription is broken by a scroll at the point opposite the clasped hands; there is a further scroll on the section between the pin and the left hand. The inscription reads PENSEZ DE MOY which can be translated as 'think of me'.

The back of the brooch is flat apart from the hands and the cuffs, and is decorated with five equally spaced five-petalled flowers on a finely hatched background, with a fine rim on both the inner and outer edges. The centres of the flowers and the back of the pin are also hatched. The pin has a D-shaped loop to fit with the hemispherical shape of the brooch. The front of the loop is grooved to match the lettering and decoration and the back is flat and hatched. There is a ridged grip/moulding at the base of the pin. The pin is slightly bent at its base and would have originally rested in a small notch on the frame.

Notes:

Treasure ID No. 2006 T549 - Known as the Winwick brooch.

Class: annular
Inscription: PENSEZ DE MOY

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Warrington Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2006T549

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.64 g
Diameter: 22.4 mm

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Nick Herepath
Identified by: Mr Nick Herepath

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2005 T549
Treasure case number: 2006T549

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
District: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Warrington

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Warrington Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: Thursday 2nd November 2006
Updated: Wednesday 30th November 2016

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