PUBLIC-D2C62B: Early Anglo-Saxon copper alloy cruciform brooch

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-D2C62B

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An incomplete cruciform brooch, dated to the 6th Century (Anglo-Saxon period). The brooch is made of copper alloy, and is missing part of the bow, the foot and the pin. The headplate has a central panel, which is flanked by two wings. The headplate is a sub-trapezium, with the top being slightly shorter than the bottom. On the reverse face of the headplate is the remains of the iron spring mechanism, with part of the mechanism corroded into place. The loop that the spring would have passed through has been broken - likely an ancient break. The reverse face shows evidence of heavy wear and oxidisation. There is a dark brown stain to one side of the mechanism, suggesting that something had rested upon the headplate while corroding. The pin is missing.

The wings are sub-rectangle, the edges curved slightly. On the front face of the wings, the edges appear to be crimped, though much of this has worn away. There may have been other decoration, such as carved lines, that have been worn away. There are three integral knops; one on either wing and one at the top of the headplate. The knops have a base, a central waist, and a domed terminal. The side knops have been worn and appear to be mishapen and smaller than they originally would have been. On the reverse face, the knops have a slight hollow. This will be due to how it was cast.

The bow is curved, and is slightly semi-circular in plan. The reverse face is concave, and the surface is rough. The bow has a break, and the foot is missing. Towards the break is what appears to be a collar - initially separating the bow and the foot. Just below this collar is what appears to be a rivet of sorts. This could suggest evidence of repairs taking place, with the foot being drilled back onto bow when it first broke off. It is possible that this repair would have used iron of some sort. On the reverse face appears to be the remnants of a coating - possibly a white metal coat of sorts.

Class: Cruciform

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 475
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56 mm
Width: 48.5 mm
Thickness: 10 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Leanan Gunter
Identified by: Miss Leanan Gunter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Roxholm Area

Spatial coordinates

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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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
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