DENO-42FE51: Post medieval brooch; miniature annular brooch of possible 16th century date

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Unique ID: DENO-42FE51

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Post medieval brooch; cast gold brooch of possible 16th century date. The brooch is a miniature ring of twisted gold wire sandwiched between two further rings of plain gold wire. There is further twisted wire forming a cross through the centre of the brooch, adorned with a gold pellet at the end of each arm and with a tiny ring of twisted wire in the centre. The back of the brooch has a fitting formed of a flat strip of gold which extends across the centre of the ring and is then curled up on itself at both ends to form loops. The finder confirms that there was originally a gold pin attached to one of the loops. Diameter 10.9mm, thickness (plate) 0.8mm, thickness (inc. fixing) 4.3mm, weight 1.09g This artefact is unusual and its dating and interpretation is not certain. Geoff Egan (Museum of London) suggests that the gold ring is probably older than the fitting on the back and that it may therefore have been adapted into a brooch from an older object. The suggested dating is based on a 16th century hooked tag illustrated in Read (see reference below) which has a design with very similar stylistic features. A contemporary date is therefore offered, albeit tentatively! Ref: Read ‘Hooked-Clasps and Eyes’ (pp. 62, no. 193)


This brooch was found before the Treasure Act 1996 was effected and is therefore covered by the previous Treasure Trove laws. At the time of discovery the finder made enquiries about the need to report the find and was assured that as a single artefact it was most likely a casual loss and not buried with intent to recover. It was therefore not covered by the criteria for Treasure Trove.

Class: miniature annular


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 1.09 g
Diameter: 10.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 1990 - Wednesday 1st January 1992

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anja Rohde
Identified by: Miss Anja Rohde
Secondary identifier: Mr Geoff Egan

Other reference numbers

Other reference: DERBY E6388

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: Huntingdonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Tilbrook (Civil Parish)

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