IOW-BC8D13: Roman bow brooch (back)

Rights Holder: Isle of Wight Council
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Rights Holder: Isle of Wight Council
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Rights Holder: Isle of Wight Council
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Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Unique ID: IOW-BC8D13

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Incomplete cast copper alloy bow brooch. Part of the bow, one wing and the left side of the spring mechanism survives. Pin and catch-plate missing. Estimated width at the wings is 24mm. All the breaks appear to be old. When complete the spring would have had 10 coils. The slender bow is largely D-shaped in cross-section. However, a median rib on the front of the bow enlarges as it extends upwards and develops into a rearward lug with two perforations to take the axis bar and the forward projecting chord. The wing, which is only 8mm in length from the edge of the bow, is modestly convex at the front and concave at the rear. A moulded vertical groove is situated very close to the outer edge of the wing. For other Colchester two-piece brooches of this type see Hattatt 1989.

Class: Bow

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Isle of Wight Council
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22 mm
Width: 24 mm
Weight: 3.77 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 20th September 2003

Personal details

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Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: TO 1
Museum accession number: IOW 2003.81.85

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Bembridge Parish

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Controlled archaeological investigation (unstratified)
Discovery circumstances: Community project
Current location: Isle of Wight Council
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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