ESS-999D76: ESS-999D76 Brooch

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Unique ID: ESS-999D76

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Unusual form of early Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy supporting-arm brooch, of 5th century date. This is a more developed example of the brooch type, looking superficially like an oak leaf. The headplate - or supporting arm - has two integrally cast lugs on the reverse which would have secured the ends of the now-missing sprung pin. In the centre of the head is a third upwards projection. The head is a wide shallow triangle, tapering to the bow, which is curved in profile and has an upwards-pointing triangular projection to either side. Below is a short straight foot with integrally cast catchplate on the reverse. The brooch has cast decoration in the form of a raised central vertical rib extending down the bow, which has three branches extending to the three projections on the headplate, and two lower branches which extend onto the projections to either side of the bow. The sprung pin is completely missing.

The dimensions of this object were not recorded when it was first described. From the image, the width of the headplate appears to be c. 27mm.

Supporting-arm brooches were divided into two types by Bohme (1974) which was then summarised in English by Evison (1977). This example does not clearly fit into either type and indeed has no close parallel. In common with other supporting-arm brooches, it is likely to date from the mid 5th century.

Compare an example from Eastry, Kent (Ager 1989, 148-51) and NMS-D013E4.

Class: supporting arm

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester & Ipswich Museums
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by a museum - not a Treasure case


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 420
Date to: AD 480

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 27 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st December 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OEF 5935

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Tendring (District)
Parish or ward: Little Oakley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM2330
Four figure Latitude: 51.923832
Four figure longitude: 1.241744
1:25K map: TM2330
1:10K map: TM23SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Colchester & Ipswich Museums
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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