NARC-F91726: NARC-F91726: saxon brooch face

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Unique ID: NARC-F91726

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A Saxon Great square headed brooch dating to the 6th century AD, complete apart from the missing pin. The head plate is 42mm long and 26.5mm wide. The headplate frame is decorated with a series of raised inverted U motifs. The second panel is just 3.5mm wide and is undecorated. The headplate inner panel has zoomorphic motifs, with disarticulated claws and eyes visible. There is evidence of gilding on the inner plate. The bow is 18mm wide and 20mm long, connecting the headplate to teh footplate. the bow has three evenly spaved raised ridges, and has evidence of gilding. The footplate is lozenge shaped, with side and terminal lobes (the upper corner being replaced by the bow). The three oval lobes have a face motif similar to those commonly seen on Anglo-Saxon Button brooches (see Suzuki, S. 2008. Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches). There is a central vertical ridge, known as a footplate bar, continuing from the pronounced ridge of the bow, down to the lower lobe. The footplate upper borders are circular and contain a possible claw motif. The footplate inner panel has, like the headplate inner panel, disarticulated zoomorphic features. The footplate measures 52mm from the end of the bow to the terminal lobe, and is 50mm wide from side lobe to side lobe. The brooch is bent slightly at the terminal lobe, but is otherwise in very good condition. The reverse is flat and plain. The catchplate is situated on a vertical axis at the upper edge of teh footplate. The catchplate is complete. The double lug hinge to hold an iron pin, is situated at a vertical axis at the lower edge of the headplate. There is significant iron staining at these lugs. The hinge lugs are 8mm long and sit 7mm high from the back of the brooch. The catchplate is 25mm long and sits 10mm high from the base to its return. The moulded decoartion on the brooch is obscured by iron stone staining, but gilding is visible through the staining, and the zoomorphic decoraton is typical of Style I.


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Find of note status

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

Class: great square headed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: Circa AD 520
Date to: Circa AD 590

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 100 mm
Width: 42 mm
Weight: 44.19 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Julie Cassidy
Identified by: Ms Julie Cassidy

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Kettering (District)
Parish or ward: Pytchley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP8574
Four figure Latitude: 52.35748045
Four figure longitude: -0.75331473
1:25K map: SP8574
1:10K map: SP87SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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