LEIC-CD4F45: Copper alloy Borre style brooch

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Unique ID: LEIC-CD4F45

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper alloy disc brooch, 30.5mm in diameter and 3mm thick. The brooch is in poor condition, having part of its edge missing and extensive green corrosion on the upper decorated face. The brooch is 29mm in diameter, 10mm thick (measured at the catchplate) and weighs 8.33 grams. On its reverse it has a hooked catchplate, 8mm wide and 9mm high, and on the opposite edge is a rounded lug 9mm wide and 6mm high with a central pierced hole containing iron corrosion, presumably from the pin. The brooch is decorated in the Borre style, with traces of a central circle placed inside a raised lozenge which has interlace protruding from each of its corners, these twine around to form a knot motif which fills each quarter.

The brooch is a clear example of an Anglo-Scandinavian brooch with Scandinavian decoration and Insular fittings. See LEIC-782CD2 for a clearer example. For discussion of these brooches see Kershaw, J.F, 2013, p.56-65.

Class: East Anglian series
Sub class: Type I

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 8.33 g
Diameter: 29 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Phil Harding
Identified by: Dr Phil Harding
Secondary identifier: Dr Jane Kershaw

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2402

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Frisby on the Wreake (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7016
Four figure Latitude: 52.73711076
Four figure longitude: -0.9646827
1:25K map: SK7016
1:10K map: SK71NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Whilst searching with a metal detector
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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