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Unique ID: NARC-A1014C

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A gold pennanular brooch. The panannular frame is 26mm in diameter and 3mm wide. It is decorated with floriate design which appears to have been etched into a wider sheet and then shaped into its current form. The terminals are domed and adorned with filigree (alternate triangles and circles) and topped with a square cut green glass stone which sits atop the dome. the base and green glass have filigree borders. The frame terminals are 7.5mm in diameter and sit 5mm high.

The pin is 44mm long and is attached to teh frmae by a rectangular notch allowing the frame to move freely around it. The pin terminal is decorated the same way as the frame terminals, but is slightly larger at 10mm in diameter.

There are no makers marks. the revsre of the pin has decoration similar to the rame, suggesting it was created from an off-cut of the frame.

The three domed terminals are made in two sections - the dome and the flat circular base.

This brooch, although similar in style to some Tudor or Early Medieval gold brooches, belongs to the 19th century tradition of copying earlier styles.

Judy Rudoe states: "... the decoration of the hoop and the form of the pin-head ... are unlike anything early medieval. But it is loosely based on Scottish, so-called "Pictish" penannular brooches like the 9th-century one with round terminals from Aldclune (Proceedings of the Scottish Antiquaries Society, 115 [1985], p. 233 ff). The reference kindly supplied by Barry Ager".

Recorded as comparative data.

As this brooch is less than 300 years old, it does not qualify as treasure.

Class: Pennanular

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: Circa AD 1920

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38 mm
Weight: 3.4 g
Diameter: 26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1960 - Saturday 1st May 1965

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Julie Cassidy
Identified by: Ms Judy Rudoe

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: St. Albans (District)
Parish or ward: Redbourn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL1014
Four figure Latitude: 51.81381716
Four figure longitude: -0.40569565
1:25K map: TL1014
1:10K map: TL11SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: chance find
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Recreational usage

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Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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