BERK-01119B: Enamelled Roman brooch

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Unique ID: BERK-01119B

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 An incomplete copper alloy and enamelled Roman  plate brooch dating to c. AD 100 – 200.  The brooch is pelta-shaped in form. It is heavily edge abraded and missing its various lobed terminals on the arms of the pelta-shaped plate. The brooch is decoration is of Champlevé style with enamel infilled cells. It has a central ‘ladder’ effect of cells with alternate yellow and red infill. To each side, there is a curvy linear, or floral design infilled with blue and red enamel. The back of the brooch is plain, the pin fulcrum and a fragment of the catch plate remain but the pin is missing. 

Similar brooches can be found in Hattatt 2012, page 356, fig. 215, nos. 605 & 1420,. Mackreth reference: SF-899E0E

Class: pelta-shaped form

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 23.29 mm
Width: 24.54 mm
Thickness: 1.55 mm
Weight: 3.4 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Welford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3972
Four figure Latitude: 51.44565291
Four figure longitude: -1.44021528
1:25K map: SU3972
1:10K map: SU37SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Hattatt, R. 2000 A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches Oxford Oxbow Books Page 356

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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