LVPL-670DA8: Roman brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: LVPL-670DA8

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A copper alloy Roman plate brooch of skeuomorphic design in the shape of a shoe, slipper, boot or sandal. The brooch is flat and in plan is pointed at one end, has a narrow waist in the middle and is rounded at the other end. There is a broken loop at the rounded end. The upper face of the object is decorated with a pointed oval of red enamel on one side of the toe end and on the opposite side of the heal end of the object upon a field of dark blue enamel.

On the rear of the object are the remains of a spring, consisting of two and a half turns of copper alloy on an axis bar. Examples of these brooches usually contain a hinged rather than a sprung pin, for an example see Downes, A (2012) SWYOR-F39F06 A ROMAN BROOCH Webpage available at: http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/508292. At the toe end is an incomplete catch plate.

Similar examples can be found in Mackreth, (2011), vol 2, Plate 123, p126, all of which have hinged pins.

Snape (1993) notes that "They are decorated with spots of enamel to represent hobnails" and that "Sandal brooches may represent the left or the right foot, and may have a rounded or pointed toe. The type is found in Britain and on the Continent".

Class: Skeuomorphic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Exactly AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.2 mm
Width: 8.19 mm
Thickness: 6.11 mm
Weight: 2.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st November 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: Monday 28th January 2013
Updated: Monday 28th January 2013

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