HAMP-19968B: Medieval annular brooch

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Unique ID: HAMP-19968B

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A medieval copper alloy gilt annular brooch of 13th to 14th century date. The frame is circular in cross-section, measuring 2.0mm in diameter, with a constriction for the pin 2.3 mm wide. Around this curves the flat loop of the pin, not quite joining up with its other end. Below the pin is circular in cross-section and tapers towards its point (1.9 mm to 1.2mm wide), extending for c.17.9 mm and resting on the frame.
Much of the original patina is lost and the metal is a dark brown in colour and rough to touch. Traces of gilding can still be seen on the inside of the frame and the pin. The brooch measures 23.6 mm in diameter, 1.9 mm in max. thickness and weighs 1.49 g.
Egan & Pritchard (1991, p 64-5) noted the difficulty of distinguishing plain annular brooches from buckles and decided to use the presence of a pin constriction on the frame to identify a brooch, categorising this example as a brooch.

Class: Annular

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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: 1.9 mm
Weight: 1.49 g
Diameter: 23.6 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Selene Frascella
Identified by: Miss Selene Frascella

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 459

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Bishops Waltham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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