WAW-BD9DA8: Medieval brooch (plan, profile and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-BD9DA8

Object type certainty: Certain
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The silver gilt brooch is in the form of two figures that are leaning towards each other with their heads touching and drapery and the base joins the lower edge of the brooch forming an annular brooch. One figure is slightly taller than the second suggesting it is a male and female, although the detail is not clear. The smaller figure is possibly wearing a head scarf and this is also visible on the reverse of the brooch as a length of fabric continuing down the back of the figure. Each figure has an obliquely angled stand or frame which has a moulded collar and knop on the upper terminal.

Between the stand and the back of the male there is a void and the made of the male is constricted to allow a cast silver pin to be fixed. The pin is curled around the constriction.

In profile the brooch is bent, which is probably due to more recent damage rather than intention.


Length: 19.55mm

Width: 20.16mm

Thickness: 3.24mm

Weight: 2.72g.

Discussion: Silver gilt brooches with two figures are part of a family of figurative brooches dating to the 13th century. Copper alloy examples are also known, for example LVPL-E2D849 and BERK-04F7C2 on the PAS database. Other silver examples have been declared as treasure including 2011 T486 and, 2006 T628, 2003 T263 as they are made of silver and date to the 13th century.


I can confirm that this find contains a minimum of 10 per cent silver. Consequently, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content and can go forward to inquest.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T1111


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.55 mm
Width: 20.16 mm
Thickness: 3.24 mm
Weight: 2.72 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T1111

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Childswickham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0739
Four figure Latitude: 52.04934765
Four figure longitude: -1.89933732
1:25K map: SP0739
1:10K map: SP03NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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