WILT-7BC133: Early Saxon saucer brooch

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Unique ID: WILT-7BC133

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast saucer brooch with six running spirals, pin missing. A central boss is surrounded by a ring which in turn is surrounded by a six-pointed star. Each point of the star extends to become a tongue, curving to the right in a half circle and joining an incoming tongue, offshooting from the flange above the next spiral to the right, bearing left and curving back on itself. Thus the spiral is defined. Surrounding the running spirals is a plain flange and projecting upwards from this and slightly outwards is the rim. The flange and the central boss are a little higher in relief than the star and the running spirals; the area in between has been chip-carved. The reverse (27mm diam) has the remains of a catchplate and pin-attachment lug. The edge of the rim is chipped in places but is mostly intact. Diam 34mm, depth of rim 4mm.

Class: cast saucer
Sub class: six spiral

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 430
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 34 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 2003

Personal details

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Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Collingbourne Kingston

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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