OXON-43560B: Early-medieval brooch: Saucer brooch

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Unique ID: OXON-43560B

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An incomplete cast copper alloy Anglo-Saxon saucer brooch dating from the period c. AD 450-550. The outer, upwards and out-turned rim of the brooch is missing, the metal being worn from old break. The centre of the brooch is decorated with a moulded pattern of six running spirals around a central ring and raised dot design, all enclosed within a circumferential border. Small flecks of white metal on the face indicate the entire face may have once been silvered (such brooches are usually gilded). The reverse has the corroded remains of the integrally cast single pin lug and the pin, which is complete but now heavily corroded, being made of iron rather than copper alloy. The catch plate appears to be missing.

Saucer brooches are associated with females, and the running spirals type has its main focus in the Upper Thames Valley. There are several comparable examples in the Ashmolean Museum from cemeteries in Abingdon, Fairford and Berinsfield as well as many others recorded on this database.

Class: Cast saucer
Sub class: Six spiral

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11.5 mm
Weight: 12 g
Diameter: 25.8 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2019.172

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Near Thame

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Created: About one month ago
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