NMGW-3DF7B9: Medieval silver annular brooch

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Unique ID: NMGW-3DF7B9

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

The reported object is a small silver annular brooch. The frame is decorated for half of its circumference with a four-faced cable twist, each facet bearing two rows of small punched dots. The opposite half of the frame is plain, with a circular cross-section. The pin shaft is missing, and the narrowing of the frame shows where the head of the pin was once secured.
Internal diameter 12.5mm; external diameter 14mm; frame thickness 1.2mm; thickness of restriction for pin 0.75mm; width of pin head (suggested by restriction of frame) 2mm; weight 06g.

A number of annular brooches with similar pins are known from Wales. They range from small silver stirrup brooches, such as those from Llanfaes (Anglesey), Llanbedr Duffryn Clwyd (Denbighshire) and Abergavenny (Monmouthshire; Redknap 1994, nos 21, 23) to larger brooches from Kidwelly Castle (Carmarthenshire), Crickhowell (Powys) and a site near Cowbridge (Vale of Glamorgan; Redknap 1994, nos 11, 22 and 13). The Lamphey example appears to be slightly smaller than a similar brooch from Llanelidan, Denbighshire (NMW Treasure ref. no. 11.19). Occasionally isolated brooch pins are found, such as one found at Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy, in 2008 (NMW Treasure ref. no. 08.06). Brooches of this type decorated with beaded lines are know from Penhow (Redknap 1994, no. 16) and St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan (TAR 2001, no. 85). Examples of cable twist hoops decorated with lines of raised pellet include Stanfield, Norfolk (attributed to the thirteenth- or fourteenth-century: TAR 2002, no. 76) and Carisbrooke area, Isle of Wight (of the same date; TAR 2004, no. 151).

These parallels are of thirteenth- or fourteenth-century date, and the Llancarfan brooch, on the basis of such comparanda, must date to the same period.

Class: Annular

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014TW17


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Diameter: 12.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th September 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Mark Redknap
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: ST 2016.17
Treasure case number: 2014TW17
Museum accession number: 2016.26H

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llancarfan (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST0469
Four figure Latitude: 51.41186558
Four figure longitude: -3.38174861
1:25K map: ST0469
1:10K map: ST06NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

References cited

No references cited so far.

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