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Unique ID: SOMDOR1157

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy bow brooch with enamel decoration. Trumpet derivative (Disc and trumpet type). At the head is a broken integral chain loop. The hollow trumpet head houses a copper alloy axis bar held in place by a perforated lug at each side. Around the axis bar are the tightly wound coils of the incomplete copper alloy sprung pin. In addition there is a separate loop of copper alloy wire which may have been attached to replace the broken chain loop. The trumpet head tapers sharply to the decorated disc at the mid point of the bow. The disc has rectangular lugs/spokes around the outer edge - two each side of the line of the bow. There is a raised frame of copper alloy around each of the two concentric enamel registers and also a central dot of copper alloy. The enamel is set into recesses, the colours are not clear due to damage and fading. Narrowed from and below the disc is a tapering leg. Both this and the head have a slightly burnished median line running longitudinally which bears traces of tinning/silvering. The leg has a shallow convex section. At the foot is a ridge above a rounded footknob with a small indeterminate projection at the base. Behind the leg (running its length to terminate above the footknob) is a catchplate.


PAL 1278

Class: Bow brooch
Sub class: Disc and trumpet type


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 53.71 mm
Width: 16.37 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2000

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: DORSET WARMWELL

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Hattatt, R. 1985 Iron Age and Roman Brooches Oxford Oxbow Books 113 - 115 453

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Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 20 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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