CORN-7C0022: knee variant brooch (plan)

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Unique ID: CORN-7C0022

Object type certainty: Certain
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Incomplete cast copper alloy Roman hinged knee brooch variant. Both of the wings are incomplete but still retain the copper alloy spindle within the tubes and the hinge at the back of the head, but the pin is missing. The wings are separated from the flat head of the brooch by a curved transverse groove and the triangular head tapers to a point as it extends outwards, defined by pinched recessed sides. The bow then expands into another triangle, with pinched mouldings below, which is at a right angle to the head, so that the bow curves back on itself and is flush with the back of the wings at the point where it is broken. The back of the bow already has the beginnings of the catch-plate but the rest and the foot of the brooch are missing. So the brooch appears to be quite short and has the profile of a small knee brooch but the wings and head are more like a T-shaped brooch.

Hattat (2000) illustrates a knee brooch with a similar profile but different head on p.334, fig.193, no.482, and a knee brooch variant with more of a triangulated head and bow on p.336, fig.195, no.1234, which are dated from the 2nd century AD.

Class: knee variant

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19 mm
Width: 30 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Weight: 9.85 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 25th February 2019 - Monday 25th February 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Dudley
Identified by: Ms Caroline Dudley
Secondary identifier: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Constantine (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW7228
Four figure Latitude: 50.10821657
Four figure longitude: -5.1900822
1:25K map: SW7228
1:10K map: SW78SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
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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