DENO-3FD883: Middle Saxon bow brooch

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Unique ID: DENO-3FD883

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Middle Anglo-Saxon strip brooch made from a single strip of copper-alloy, which is expanded to form a lozenge-shaped plate in the centre but narrows to wire on either side of the plate. At the base of the plate the wire is simply curled round to form a hook which acts as a catchplate for the pin. At the top of the plate the wire is looped round on itself in a single loop to the right of the plate, forming a primitive spring. The wire is then bent back down along the length of the brooch to form the pin, which tapers to a point at the end. The lozenge plate is rather worn but traces of decoration can be discerned, in the form of a double transverse line and possible punched annulets across the top of the plate. Length 56.9mm, width 10.4mm, thickness 14.6mm, weight 5.87g

Naomi Payne is currently reporting on some examples recently excavated at Sedgeford in Norfolk. She notes "Middle Anglo-Saxon safety-pin brooches appear to be a type found mainly in the east of England. Hattatt published two examples (Visual Catalogue, fig. 140, nos. 1442 and 1385) from Norfolk but misattributed them to the Bronze Age or Iron Age. Excavations at Flixborough, Humberside, have produced nine, eight of which are similar and one almost identical. There is another parallel from Brandon, Suffolk (no. 5007). A further example from Gringley on the Hill, Nottinghamshire has been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (reference SWYOR-B804D7)." Further examples on the PAS database now include GLO-8D5E03, SF7054, KENT1321 (no illustration) and NLM7136 (no illustration). Two have characteristic 8th-century animal art (HAMP-CEBED7 and NMS-829627). See also K. Leahy, The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Lindsey, page 146, Fig 52.


Included in Weetch 2013 as catalouge no. 966.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: strip
Sub class: Weetch type 31.B


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.9 mm
Width: 10.4 mm
Thickness: 14.6 mm
Weight: 5.87 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anja Rohde
Identified by: Miss Anja Rohde
Secondary identifier: Dr Naomi Payne

Other reference numbers

Other reference: DERBY E6425

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
To be known as: Perlethorpe cum Budby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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