GLO-4E0EBD: GLO-4E0EBD Early Medieval Ansate Brooch

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Unique ID: GLO-4E0EBD

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy equal armed brooch comprising of two opposing triangular plates that are joined by an arched bow. The brooch is decorated with recessed linear and ring designs depicting a bordered face-mask on each plate which are consistent with Style I. The decoration comprises of, on one plate, a cluster of three small rings in the centre with a double line below and a ring in each corner, while on the other plate are two rings with three lines below, and a ring in the tip. A double linear double linear border surrounds each plate and either side of the bow.

The reverse has the catch plate on one plate and a projecting pierced lug for the spring on the other plate, the latter is encrusted with iron corrosion which is all that remains of the spring and pin. The surface of the brooch is gilded.

This brooch is consistent with the 'triangular' sort that seems to occur so far mainly in the Isle of Wight, Kent and Hampshire. (Barry Ager, British Museum, pers.comm. 14/11/2014). See IOW-FE1124 for a further discussion; also see one from a secure grave context, now in the British Museum, found at Frilford (1867,0204.8), and another from Blacknall Field grave 26, discussed by Ager in Annable and Eagles 2010, 27-28.

This is an uncharacteristically early Anglo-Saxon find for Gloucestershire, it is possible that this is an 'import', like artefacts from places such as South Cadbury, or an heirloom piece from a late context (Barry Ager, British Museum, pers.comm. 14/11/2014).

See also KENT-F9D7C2 and KENT-346441 for other examples.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Class: long equal arm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 6.57 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st July 2014 - Monday 1st September 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams
Secondary identifier: Mr Barry Ager

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Tewkesbury (District)
Parish or ward: Dumbleton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0235
Four figure Latitude: 52.01342463
Four figure longitude: -1.97227004
1:25K map: SP0235
1:10K map: SP03NW
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

No references cited so far.

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

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