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Unique ID: NMGW-84EE5D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

form. The silver frame is of flattened rectangular cross-section. The back face is plain; the front face bears the inscription in raised Lombardic letters within countersunk panels:


The plain pin with oval cross-section has a small transverse bar at the junction of the shaft with the wrap-around head.

Maximum external frame width 20.02mm; maximum external frame thickness 1.1mm. Pin length 10.3mm (tip of point missing). The brooch weight is 2.11g.

n terms of size and design, the brooch is of fourteenth-century form. The inscription is a common a talismanic formula. A similar silver brooch of annular form from Pen-y-Parc Farm, Llantarnam (Treasure Case 3.10) bore a religious inscription in crude Lombardic lettering: +IHESVS: INRI (TAR 2003, no. 410). A parallel fourteenth-century quatrefoil brooch from Beachamwell, Norfolk, bears the inscription IESVSNAZARENVS (TAR 2005-6, no. 338).

Talismanic brooches from Wales with 'garbled' inscriptions in imitation of talismanic formulae include a copper-alloy annular brooch from Dryslwyn Castle, Carmarthenshire (Redknap 1994, no. 27, fig. 14)..



Egan, G. 1991, 'Brooches', in G. Egan and F. Pritchard, Dress Accessories c.1150-c.1450. Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 3, 247-71.

Redknap, M. 1994, 'Some medieval brooches, pendants and moulds from Wales: a short survey', Archaeologia Cambrensis CXLIII, 92-138.

TAR 2003, Treasure Annual Report 2003 (London, DCMS).

TAR 2005-6, Treasure Annual Report 2005-6 (London, DCMS).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Inscription: AVE MARIA

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Wrexham Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016TW39


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 20.02 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 2.11 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th November 2016

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016TW39

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)
District: Wrexham (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ3653
Four figure Latitude: 53.07038412
Four figure longitude: -2.95664276
1:25K map: SJ3653
1:10K map: SJ35SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting
Current location: Wrexham Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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