WILT-BF6D98: Early medieval strip brooch

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An incomplete copper-alloy middle Anglo-Saxon lozengiform brooch made from a single strip of copper-alloy, which is expanded to form a lozenge-shaped plate in the centre but narrows to wire on either side of the plate. At the base of the plate the wire is simply curled round to form a hook which acts as a catchplate for the pin. At the top of the plate the wire is looped round on itself in a single loop to the right of the plate, forming a primitive spring. The wire is then bent back down along the length of the brooch to form the pin which is incomplete. The lozenge plate is decorated with a ring and dot motif consisting of a circumfrenetial boder and a central vertical and horizontal line forming a +.

Naomi Payne is currently reporting on some examples recently excavated at Sedgeford in Norfolk. She notes "Middle Anglo-Saxon safety-pin brooches appear to be a type found mainly in the east of England. Hattatt published two examples (Visual Catalogue, fig. 140, nos. 1442 and 1385) from Norfolk but misattributed them to the Bronze Age or Iron Age. Excavations at Flixborough, Humberside, have produced nine, eight of which are similar and one almost identical. There is another parallel from Brandon, Suffolk (no. 5007). A further example from Gringley on the Hill, Nottinghamshire has been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (reference SWYOR-B804D7)." Further examples on the PAS database now include GLO-8D5E03, SF7054, KENT1321 (no illustration) and NLM7136 (no illustration). Two have characteristic 8th-century animal art (HAMP-CEBED7 and NMS-829627). See also K. Leahy, The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Lindsey, page 146, Fig 52.

The brooch is 37.1mm in length, 14.9mm wide, 7.75mm thick and weighs 2.01 grams.

Class: Strip
Sub class: Weetch type 31

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.1 mm
Width: 14.9 mm
Thickness: 7.75 mm
Weight: 2.01 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 2014-13

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: Grittleton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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