FAKL-BD5E61: Brooch, cruciform

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Unique ID: FAKL-BD5E61

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Gilded copper alloy cruciform brooch of Aberg's Group V, florid type. Style I decoration, some panels of silver plating. Now broken into two parts and bent. This is a fine brooch although the decoration is rather crude. The three knobs were cast integrally with the head plate and not attached by pins as on some examples. Each knob bears two central eyes separated by a plain 'nose' area either side of which are pairs of opposed eagles' head. At the ends of the knobs are plain panels which bear the remains of silver plates which appear to have been soldered in place. In the centre of the head-plate is a panel of devolved Style I decoration, on which zoomorphic features can be seen. The top of the bow bears a central knob from which radiate a series of incised lines. The lappets are plain and are likely to have been silver plated. Between them is a panel of highly devolved Style I decoration. The foot is in the form of an animal's head with two eyes under the lappets below which an expanding panel is dominated by an ellipse. Either side of this panel are two eagles' head and beneath it is a further silvered panel. On the underside of the brooch are two lugs which held the spring and a catch plate.

Martin has allocated this brooch to his type 4.7.1, which he dates to c. 550-570 AD (Martin 2015, 127).


Included in Martin 2015 as catalogue no. 1295.

Class: cruciform
Sub class: Martin type 4.7.1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 550
Date to: Circa AD 570

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 154 mm
Height: 13.4 mm
Width: 81 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Weight: 162.24 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 398

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: North Kesteven

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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