LEIC-8EB793: Roman copper alloy brooch

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Unique ID: LEIC-8EB793

Object type certainty: Certain
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Roman copper alloy trumpet derivitive, Alcester type, brooch, 32mm long, 9mm wide and 15mm deep. The brooch is in a fair condition with a green patina and weighs 5.48grams. The brooch consists of a triangular shaped back plate from which the bow emerges. Its reverse contains a vertical ridge above the spring which has 4 coils present. The bow is unusual as it has two parts, the upper part curves and tapers as a normal bow when viewed from the front, but also has a seperate lower section which joins the bottom of the back plate and the shoulder. When viewed from the side the gap between these two parts forms a perfect circular void. This sits on a solid semi-spherical protruding shoulder. The lower part of the brooch consists of a rectangular plate which sits near the back of the underside of the shoulder. It appears to be decorated with an incised border and possibly incised dot and rings. It has the remains of a protrusion on its lower edge which presumbably formed a loop. The catchplate runs the length of this section and has worn to a shallow arc. The brooch is very similar to eg. 1539 and 979 in Fig 190 of Hattatt's ancient brooches.

Class: Trumpet derivitive
Sub class: Alcester

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 1
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32 mm
Width: 9 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Weight: 5.48 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 12th September 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Kirby Bellars (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7217
Four figure Latitude: 52.74583659
Four figure longitude: -0.93484752
1:25K map: SK7217
1:10K map: SK71NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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