LVPL-0FFDB6: Early Medieval brooch

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Unique ID: LVPL-0FFDB6

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An incomplete cast copper alloy Aberg Group V florid cruciform brooch dating to the Early Medieval period. The incomplete object is in two pieces. The object consists of the lower half of the brooch and is decorated with the chip-carving method. The front of the brooch has remains of gilding picking out the decoration.

The upper fragment of the brooch comprises of the incomplete bow which is curved in profile. Below the bow the brooch is decorated with a rectangular stud in relief in its centre. The stud is surrounded by a rectangular border within which is a scroll-like design. To either side of this area are two incomplete lappets. Each lappet is decorated with scroll-like decoration. Below this on the lower fragment is a pair of eyes and a large triangular nose with concave sides. Below which on either side is a scroll-like motif. Below the eyes the brooch projects on either side before terminating with a break.

The reverse of the object is undecorated and an incomplete catch plate remains.

The use of both a white-metal (tin or silver) coating and gilding is known as Bichrome Style; although we used to think that this was quite short-lived, new radiocarbon evidence suggests that it was used for the whole of the sixth century AD. A similar example which can be found on the database is LIN-1CE356.

Class: Cruciform
Sub class: Aberg Group V

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.71 mm
Width: 43.38 mm
Thickness: 6.26 mm
Weight: 31.2 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
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
To be known as: Collingham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
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: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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