SF3876: Anglian equal armed

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: SF3876

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Anglian equal-armed brooch, part of bow and foot missing. The head is the usual triangular shape flaring to 27 mm wide; the corners are rounded. There is corrosion over most of the surface, so any decoration is invisible; where the surface does appear it is quite grey, so there may have been some white-metal coating. On the reverse is a broken pin bar lug and remains of the iron spring. The bow continues the gentle taper of the head; it is 12 mm wide at the junction with the head and 6.5 mm wide at the very fresh break. There is a short flat panel at the top but no decoration can be seen through the corrosion. Surviving length 38.5 mm. Brooches of this type are rare and in England confined to East Anglia. They appear to have developed from Norwegian prototypes and tend to be decorated with stamps and sometimes tinning.

Class: Anglian equal armed


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: AD 475
Date to: AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.5 mm
Width: 27 mm
Weight: 9.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th October 2000

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK BLAXHALL

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: rally organised by Ken Willcox, ECS
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: KENT-10E641
Object type: BROOCH
An incomplete tinned/silvered copper-alloy early Early-Medieval brooch of long equal-arm type. The brooch is complete, save for the foot, whi…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: HAMP478
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Incomplete Roman copper-alloy Hod Hill Type 61 brooch. Short, flat head with narrow neck. The curve of the bow is gentle, and there is no shar…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: KENT-2E4462
Object type: BROOCH
The head and bow of an Early-Medieval Brooch, probably from a very early equal-arm brooch, c.5th century AD. Description: The brooch is cast…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.