SF-32FF77: Disc brooch of Early-Medieval date

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SF-32FF77

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy disc brooch of Early-Medieval date. It is missing the edges of the plate, hinge, pin, and catchplate due to old breaks, and the central setting is detached due to post-depositional damage. The plate is circular in form with flat back face and raised collet at the centre of the front face. Radiating around the edge of the plate are six small circular lobes with raised collets, two of which retain blue glass(?) settings, the others containing white solder or paste but missing their settings due to old breaks. Within the central collet is a cloisonne setting that is loose and detached from the brooch due to post-depositional damage. This is circular in form with decorative motifs comprising a central pale blue enamelled element that is trilobate at the top, with two circular lobes beneath from which extends a flaring triangle that extends to the edge of the setting. To each side of the setting are single semi-circular pale blue cells, the field between the pale blue elements filled entirely with dark blue enamel. All areas of the front and back faces retain traces of relatively thickly applied gilding. At the top fo the back face is rectangular strip with slight projections that probably originally formed a hinge for the now missing pin, a second rectangular strip at the base delineating the incomplete catchplate. The entire object measures 24.74mm in length, 22.54mm in width, 3.25mm in thickness and 3.57g in weight.

This is a disc brooch of probable Early-Medieval date. It finds parallels in the cloisonne enamel brooches examined by Buckton (1986: pp. 8-17) that are identified as having a distribution centred on the south-east of England and as being a particularly English product with influences from European (Byzantine/Germanic) gold work (Buckton, 1986: pp. 15-16). This suggests a similar late-10th to 11th century date for the current example.

Class: cloisonné enamelled (Weetch Type 20)
Sub class: Saunderton type (Weetch Type 20.A)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.74 mm
Width: 22.54 mm
Thickness: 3.25 mm
Weight: 3.57 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Cloisonne

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Haughley

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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