IOW-3B6754: IOW-3B6754 Medieval Annular Zoomorphic Brooch. Treasure case no. 2011 T781

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Unique ID: IOW-3B6754

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

This zoomorphic brooch features two serpents (or snakes), is circular in plan and sub-circular in cross-section. The first serpent's body forms the frame. Its head, with indistinct features, is damaged due to a break and is, consequently, turned upwards at an angle of about 90°. The upper surface of the serpent has regularly spaced punched marks that have raised the surface to emulate scales. On the underside it is smooth and plain. About half of the frame is thinner and has a second serpent spiralling around and soldered to it. This serpent's head, pointing obliquely away from the frame, is well-defined and its eyes, ears and mouth are well defined. Its body has regularly spaced punch marks representing scales. Prior to being damaged and turned upwards, the head of the first serpent would have overlain the tail of the second serpent. There is a misshapen silver tapering pin attached to the frame about mid-way along the length of the second serpent's body. This pin is incomplete as part of its tip is missing. Its shaft is D-shaped in cross-section, flat at the rear and has a loop which fully encloses the frame. Between the loop and the shaft there is a small transverse ridge on the upper face of the pin.

21.9mm (diameter); 2.4mm (thickness). Weight: 2.74g.

The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1711. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Similar brooches have been recorded as Treasure finds (Treasure 2010 T310; PAS SWYOR-F1A200 and Treasure 2010 T362; PAS SF-F73CA2).

Another similar zoomorphic brooch (PAS YORYM-56A6F5), made of copper-alloy, may have originally had a spiralling serpent or snake prior to being damaged.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: Annular

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Isle of Wight Heritage Service
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T781


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 2.74 g
Diameter: 21.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 12th November 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2011-1-527; Treasure case no. 2011 T781
Treasure case number: 2011T781

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Wroxall

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Isle of Wight Heritage Service
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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