BH-F75567: Medieval disc-on-pin brooch pin

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Unique ID: BH-F75567

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A copper-alloy pin from a Medieval disc-on-pin type buckle.

The upper portion of the pin comprises a 'D-sectioned', parallel-sided strip, its downward-bending top representing part of the broken loop. Beneath this upper portion is the much wider disc, in which four of an original five turrets survive in situ. These turrets have flattened spherical heads, their bases tapering into circular-sectioned rivets which sit within perforations in the plate. The top, bottom, and left hand turrets survive, as does the large central one. A perimeter groove extends around the upper surface of the disc, the central area it defines retaining much of its original gilding. The tapering point of the pin extends downwards from the base of the disc.

Dimensions: 40.8mm long, 21.1mm wide, 6.8mm thick. Weight: 6.98g.

This distinctive form of Medieval brooch is discussed by Helen Geake, with illustrations of an example from Reigate, Surrey. Geake suggests that these brooches probably date from the Late Medieval period and are likely to have been decorative rather than functional (2005: 346-348; also PAS record SUR-04AFF5).

Class: disc-on-pin
Sub class: Redmayne Type A5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.8 mm
Width: 21.1 mm
Thickness: 6.8 mm
Weight: 6.98 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th October 2012

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 12/166 - 5

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Heydon

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Geake, H. 2005 Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2004: Portable Antiquities Scheme report Leeds Maney

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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