IOW-AEC70C: Medieval: Annular Brooch

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Unique ID: IOW-AEC70C

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An incomplete and corroded Medieval copper-alloy annular and gilded brooch with collets/turrets (c. 1200-c. 1300).

The pin is missing.

The frame is ovoid/drop-shaped or pear-shaped in plan.

At the front it has six evenly spaced collets which stand a maximum of about 2.7mm proud of the face of the frame. Five of the collets contain the remains of calcium carbonate paste/fixative/adhesive. Between the collets, the front face is decorated with a series of punched annulets. At one side there is a constriction for a pin. There is no evidence for pin rest at the opposite side. The rear face is flat and plain.

This brooch is corroded in places and has patches of a dark green patina. Tiny flecks of gilding can be seen at the front.

Length: 25.0mm; width: 18.6mm; thickness: 4.7mm. Weight: 3.44g.

Similar shaped Medieval annular brooches have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: DEV-0603CB; HAMP-F6ACBB; IOW-5E5116; IOW-826C21; IOW-EBE7B4; SF-25D3B5; SWYOR-E5DA21; WAW-E35DA1 and WMID-D39705.

A similar brooch has been published by Read (Read 2001: 102, fig. 69, ref: 788). This brooch has a pin hole rather than a constriction for a pin.

A similar example can be seen illustrated in Griffiths et al 2007: 144, pl. 25, ref: 1728. Evidence from excavated examples mentioned by Griffiths et al. (ibid. p.144) appears to suggest a mid-13th to 14th century date for this type of brooch.

Read, B. 2001. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity. Portcullis Publishing. Langport.

Griffiths, D. Philpott, R. and Egan, G. 2007. Meols: The Archaeology of the North Wirral Coast. Discoveries and observations in the 19th and 20th Centuries with a catalogue of collections. Oxford University School of Archaeology: Monograph 68. Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

Class: annular
Sub class: ovoid

Subsequent actions

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


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: 25 mm
Width: 18.6 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 3.44 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 11th May 2019 - Saturday 11th May 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: IOW2019-7-171

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

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: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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