WILT-D50E12: Early-medieval supporting arm brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: WILT-D50E12

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Early Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy supporting-arm brooch, missing its spring mechanism and pin. It measures 38.10mm in length and weighs 11.61g, and dates to c. 420-c. 480 AD.

The wings are flat and 29.50mm wide, with damaged D-shaped side lugs, which would have held the axis bar. The top of the wings is open to expose the missing spring.

The bow projects below a head made up of a ledge running from either end of the wings, then narrows to 6.7mm. It widens slightly towards the lower bow (7.8mm), then again at the splayed foot (10.80mm). The hooked catchplate is 10.8mm in length and 8.7mm thick and runs right down to the end of the foot.

The brooch is decorated with two pairs of transverse grooves below the head, and another pair of transverse grooves before the foot. Between are two vertical grooves. The foot is decorated with a transverse groove at the top and a pair just before it kicks outwards. The bottom of the foot is decorated with four short vertical grooves.

Supporting-arm brooches were divided into two types by Bohme (1974) which was then summarised in English by Evison (1977). This example fits into Bohme's Typ Mahndorf, with a wider head.

Class: supporting arm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 420
Date to: Circa AD 480

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.1 mm
Width: 29.5 mm
Weight: 11.61 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 1530

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

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

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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