LON-FB4D43: An incomplete Roman enamelled copper alloy, continental equal-ended plate brooch, dating from AD 100-200. Similar brooches are illustrated in Hattatt (2000:353 fig. 212 no.1590) and Mackreth (2011:116 plate 113 nos. 8329 and 8306).

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BROOCH

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An incomplete Roman enamelled copper alloy, continental equal-ended plate brooch, dating from AD 100-200. Similar brooches are illustrated in Hattatt (2000:353 fig. 212 no.1590) and Mackreth (2011:116 plate 113 nos. 8329 and 8306). The remaining part represents just over half the complete brooch, it consists of a circular element with two circular cells, the outer one with blue enamel and an inner one with red enamel. On the outside of this there are three projecting small circles with cells filled with red enamel. The brooch would have had an identical element at the opposite end, now missing. The two enamelled elements were joined by a central lozenge shaped link, V-shaped in profile. The back of the brooch is undecorated with the remains of the lug where the pin would have attached.

Other similar brooches on the database are NMS-5290F8, NMGW-E8D8D6 and SF9713.

Dimensions: length: 24.15mm; width: 17.56mm; thickness: 6.95mm; weight: 2.5g

References: Bayley J. & Butcher S. 2004, Roman Brooches in Britain: A Technological and Typological Study based on the Richborough Collection. The Society of Antiquaries of London.

Mackreth D. F. 2011, Brooches in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain Vol: 1 & 2. Oxbow Books, Oxford

Hattatt, R., 2000 A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Mackreth (Vol: 2, 2011:167) writes "This is the most difficult range of brooches to deal with. The variety of design is immense, principally because the workshops producing them seem to have been long-lived and to have used a whole repertoire of single elements which were combined to form a bewildering variety of designs."

Class: Equal-Ended Plate
Sub class: Continental type 2.e4

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Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.15 mm
Width: 17.56 mm
Thickness: 6.95 mm
Weight: 2.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 17th February 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 62

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Bromley (London Borough)
To be known as: Bromley

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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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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