IOW-F4EEFA: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Equal-arm Brooch

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An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy equal-arm brooch (c. 450-c. 550).

The pin and the end of one arm is missing.

The flat arms are sub-triangular in plan and the sides are slightly concave. Both arms have two parallel grooves which follow the outline of the border. There are also similar grooves along the median centre-line on the arm with the catch-plate. These centre-line grooves are not visible on the other arm. The strongly arched bow has a length of 14.2mm and a thickness of 3.7mm. It is carinated at the front and flat at the rear. The 'D'-shaped pin-lug is largely covered with a deposit of corroded iron, the remains of the axis bar, spring and pin. The catch plate is almost complete and the curled-over part that secured the pin-tip is missing.

This brooch is drab green with small areas of active corrosion and has traces of a white metal coating. The break on the arm is very recent.

Length: 35.5mm; width: 13.0mm; overall thickness: 16.1mm. Weight: 5.51g.

Class: long equal arm

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.5 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 16.1 mm
Weight: 5.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Wednesday 10th April 2019

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-1-71

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 10 days ago
Updated: 7 days ago

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