NCL-08F6E7: Early Medieval applied disc brooch

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Unique ID: NCL-08F6E7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper-alloy applied saucer brooch of the Anglo-Saxon period. Only the baseplase, central stud, and pin fittings remain. The baseplate is circular, but with minor chipping to the edges. The baseplate is very slightly concave. The stud is roughly hour-glass shaped, with a flat top and flat base. The top is 7.27mm in diameter and the stud 9mm in height from base to top. A small shank on the base of the stud fits through a perforation in the baseplate and has been possibly soldered to the base plate, though corrosion obscures this. Extending to either side of the stud is a line of corrosion, with preserved imprints of textile, or preserved textile itself. There are also three indications of pin fittings on the baseplate. The catchplate does not remain, but a rectangular perforation measuring 5.6mm in length by 0.9mm in width is positioned approximately halfway between the central stud and the edge of the baseplate, but only visible on the underside of the baseplate. Presumably, a catchplate was fitted to the baseplate in the same fashion as the attachment for the hinge-pin. Opposite the perforation for the catchplate are two perforations that probably measure the same but are obscured by corrosion. Each perforation has a folded tab that is sub-rectangular in shape that have attached the fitting for the hinge-pin. The tabs are 6mm x 4.4mm and 4.9mm x 2.9mm, respectively, and 1mm thick. Both tabs have been folded i the same directionm. By viewing the baseplate from the underside, it is clear that the pin fitting is formed by two separate plates, each of which has a tab to fit it to the baseplate and projects out from the underside of the baseplate perpendicularly. In addition to the folding tabs, the fitting plate is a right triangle with a rounded outer corner, measuring 7.2mm x 7.15mm. A central circular perforation has a diameter of 2mm. No unambiguous remains of the faceplate remain, but a few small pieces of gold foil, less than 2mm square in size were found in adjacent soil, and these may be traces of gilding on the faceplate.

The brooch was found in association with other Anglo-Saxon objects, including: 1 bead made of stone, 9 glass beads, and 72 beads made of amber; a number of copper alloy fragments, 4 teeth (incisors); a matching pair of wrist clasps; and a probably matching applied saucer brooch.

Compare BERK-D4C6D2 for an example of a cast saucer brooch with separate central stud.


These fragments and the associated objects are labelled Group 1 and probably belong to a single burial found in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery outside the Scheduled area of the Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement of Catterick.

Class: applied saucer

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 14.7 g
Diameter: 56.44 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th July 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Richmondshire (District)
To be known as: QA Anglian site

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Mineral extraction

References cited

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