HAMP-2773FB: Penannular brooch pin

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Unique ID: HAMP-2773FB

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A complete early early-medieval (Anglo Saxon) copper-alloy pin from Type F penannular brooch, dating to the period 410-700. The pin's loop is in the form of a hollow cylindrical or drum-shaped element, presumably cast as one with the shaft. The loop is circular in cross-section and measures 8.41mm in diameter and 11.07mm in length. It is 1.89mm thick. There are prominent rims at either open end, a wide furrow next to each and at the centre two ridges to either side of a raised area. Where the shaft extends from the loop, this central raised area is widest, the two ridges to either side diverging around it. However on the opposite side of the loop the ridges are parallel and the central area the same width. The pin measures 62.34mm in length and 3.02mm in width, tapering to a point. Approximately halfway down the shaft there is a slight bend.

In total, the pin measures 70.89mm in length and 11.07mm at the widest point. The weight is 5.59g. The patina is blue-green in colour, very smooth (particularly around the loop and top of the shaft) and worn along the lower shank.

Leahy (2000, p71) suggests that bends such as these in pins were deliberate, and relate to the way in which they were worn.

With thanks to Anna Booth for the identification of this object type.

Class: Penannular
Sub class: Type F

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 410
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 70.89 mm
Width: 11.07 mm
Weight: 5.59 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Identified by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Secondary identifier: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 282

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Upton Grey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6949
Four figure Latitude: 51.23601999
Four figure longitude: -1.01304644
1:25K map: SU6949
1:10K map: SU64NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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