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Record ID: NMGW-5F7343
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy bow brooch of Polden Hill type and of 1st or early 2nd century AD date The brooch is incomplete, missing the pin, foot, catch-plate and one of the wings (with a surviving length of 52.0mm, a surviving depth of 20.7mm and a weight of 17.1g). The pin has broken from a copper alloy spring mechanism around an iron axis bar. The cylindrical wing is undecorated except for an expanded terminal (8.2mm maximum diameter). One of the wings in now missing, probably from a recent break (with a surviving width across the head of 22.1mm, originally c. 32mm). There are curving mould…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-5F4F95
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy bow brooch of T-shaped type and of 1st or 2nd century AD date The brooch is fragmentary, represented by the head and top of the bow only (with a surviving length of 17.9mm, a surviving depth of 11.5mm and a weight of 10.0mm). The missing pin was hinged within oval-sectioned tubular wings, now truncated on one side (with a surviving width of 37.9mm and a diameter of 6.1mm x 7.2mm). The fronts of the wings were decorated with vertical ribs and grooves, now largely lost through corrosion. Iron corrosion at the terminal of the intact wing suggest an iron axis bar was use…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-5F27FB
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy bow brooch of Trumpet type and of 1st or 2nd century AD date The brooch fragmentary, missing the leg and pin (with a surviving length of 41.1mm, a surviving depth of 15.8mm and a weight of 16.8g). The missing spring was secured around a single, perforated lug on the rear of the head. Iron corrosion around the lug suggests that an iron spring was used. The trumpet head is sub-oval (20.0mm long and 16.7mm wide), probably with the remains of a truncated and rounded plate at the head, which was possibly surmounted with an integral chain-loop. The head-plate was decorated…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-5EE5EE
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman leaded copper alloy penannular brooch of Fowler's (1960) Type B (or 'omega' / Iberian type) and of sub-type B3, probably of c. mid-1st to early-2nd century AD date The brooch is complete with frame and pin, although it is possible that the pin is secondary (with a width of 42.0mm, a frame height of 39.9mm and a weight of 17.1g). The hoop is of faceted quadrilateral section, with a central ridge on face (with a width of 5.0mm to 5.7mm and a thickness of 4.7mm). There is evidence of differential wear and corrosion on the apex of the hoop, caused by the pin-loop. The rear of the h…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-5D8633
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy bow brooch of Trumpet type and of Chester sub-type (hull's Type 154) and of 1st or 2nd century AD date The brooch is incomplete, missing the foot, catch-plate and spring and is heavily-corroded (with a surviving length of 39.7mm, a surviving depth of 20.0mm and a weight of 6.1g). The missing spring was secured around a perforated lug, at the rear of the head. Iron corrosion around the lug suggests that an iron axis bar and possibly also an iron spring was employed. The trumpet-head is oval (10.2mm long and 9.5mm wide) with no surviving evidence for a chain-loop at th…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-ED838D
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Half of the frame from an annular silver brooch with cut from sheet metal. The external face bears engraved lettering in crudely cut Lombardic style, which appears to read: I S H [reversed h of N] A - (horizontal 'I' unless a dash) The 'S' being on its side, and the motto may be garbled. There is evidence for a restriction in the frame for a pin (now missing). The back is plain. External diameter 28mm; inner diameter 19mm; maximum thickness 1mm; weight 1.47g. The ring, which has a highly worn outer surface, has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 24th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-ED536B
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small silver annular brooch. The silver frame is of quatrilobe form, with rounded mouldings in the angles between the lobes. The external frame width is 19.2mm; frame height 19.3mm; frame thickness 3mm. The pin is plain, with an off-centre suggestion of a division at junction of head and shaft. The front of the pin has slight bevelling; the back is flat. The head is simply wrapped around a cast restriction in the hoop. Overall pin length 21.1mm. The object has not undergone any cleaning or conservation
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st December 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-5769D6
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Blaenau Gwent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Annular silver stirrup brooch. The external face is decorated for half its circumference with engraved transverse grooves inlaid with niello. There is no restriction in the frame for the pin which has a short stirrup at the junction of shaft and wrap around head. The stirrup is decorated with transverse grooves, and the facets of the shaft, which has a diamond cross-section, are engraved with diagonal grooves to create a herring-bone pattern from the front. The backs of the frame and pin are plain. External diameter 24.2mm; inner diameter 20.01mm; maximum frame thickness 1.9mm; …
Created on: Thursday 17th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DADB4F
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval lead alloy or pewter brooch, probably of 13th to 15th century date The cast brooch is near-complete, missing the pin and part of the outside of the frame (with a length of 33.8mm, a width of 30.0mm and a weight of 4.1g). The openwork brooch frame has a sub-circular central opening (16.4mm wide and 14.8mm long) around an zoomorphic openwork frame of D-shaped section (2.4mm thick). The frame depicts an unusual scene that is difficult to interpret. Both sides comprise a standing beast, probably lions or dogs with the tails looped upwards and returning at the shoulders. The t…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th December 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-DA579E
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The cast brooch frame is near-complete but the pin is missing and the frame is comparatively insubstantial (with an overall length of 57.6mm, an overall width of 62.2mm and a weight of 10.6g). The oval hoop (58.8mm external width) is of flattened-oval section (3.4mm wide and 1.9mm - 2.4mm thick), widening slightly as it approaches the terminals. There is no decoration evident on the hoop but there is an impact groove near the left terminal, possibly from a hammer blow. There is a slight step from the hoop to the integral terminals extending as far as an incised border, giving the impr…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 11th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-673987
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
In terms of size and design, the brooch is of thirteenth- or fourteenth-century date. A number of brooches of this general type with frames decorated with niello are known to have been found in Wales. These include a brooch with similar decoration from Kidwelly Castle found during restoration work (Redknap 1994, no. 16); two silver brooches from Laugharne Burrows, Carmarthenshire, with transverse grooves inlaid with niello (ibid, Fig. 2, nos 9, 10); and one brooch frame from Glyn Tarell, Powys (TAR 2004, no. 495). The reported object is the unevenly cast silver frame from an ann…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th December 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3E31B4
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The mount comprises a gold baseplate, slightly crumpled, cut to a curved tapering form with a straight wide end, to fit the recessed cell of a (now missing) gilt bronze or silver penannular or pseudo-penannular brooch. The outer face of the baseplate is decorated with a spherical blue glass bead set in a gold collar, and a pattern of S- and Z-scrolls delineated by beaded wire (filigree) and other motifs (C-scrolls with central scrolled stems) within a plain beaded wire border. To one side of the bead is a now empty rectangular collet. The overall length of the base-plate is 22.5mm;…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3DF7B9
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a small silver annular brooch. The frame is decorated for half of its circumference with a four-faced cable twist, each facet bearing two rows of small punched dots. The opposite half of the frame is plain, with a circular cross-section. The pin shaft is missing, and the narrowing of the frame shows where the head of the pin was once secured. Internal diameter 12.5mm; external diameter 14mm; frame thickness 1.2mm; thickness of restriction for pin 0.75mm; width of pin head (suggested by restriction of frame) 2mm; weight 06g. A number of annular brooches with …
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-1C87EE
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval cast copper alloy brooch of Early Anglo Saxon saucer type and of 5th or 6th century AD date The brooch is incomplete missing the pin and fittings and much of the rim and is a comparatively substantial example (with a maximum surviving diameter of 42.0mm, a maximum surviving depth of 7.5mm and a weight of 30.6g). Only a small part of the rim survives (30mm long, giving a depth of 7.2m and a height of 4.2mm). There is an undecorated border at the base of the rim except for the suggestion of punched dots on the inner edge of the border. Inside the border is a loosely-repeat…
Created on: Tuesday 10th May 2016
Last updated: Monday 8th October 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-4A1C32
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The object is a small silver annular brooch with niello decoration on both sides of the frame, which is circular in cross-section. The frame decoration comprises at least three groups transverse lines on both sides, all inlaid with niello. The pin shaft is incised with a 'wriggle work' zig-zag line on each facet. The wrap-around head of the pin securing it to the annular frame of the brooch is plain. There is a small 'bar' at the junction of pin shaft and head (width 5mm), to prevent snagging. The annular frame is distorted. External frame diameters 18.6 x 12.6mm; frame thickness 1.1mm…
Created on: Friday 7th August 2015
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-EB851C
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
~~Roman copper alloy brooch of Co;lchester-derivative type and of 1st or 2nd century AD date The brooch is fragmentary, represented by the head and upper bow only (with a surviving length of 22.7mm, a surviving depth of 9.9mm and a weight of 7.4g). The brooch employed a copper alloy spring mechanism, a small part of which survives on one side. The spring was secured between lateral lugs and the chord tensioned by a lug at the head. The chord remains within the head lug. The wings are semi-cylindrical (with a width of 25.7mm and a diameter of 7.2mm) and are heavily-corroded although t…
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 13th July 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-AEC0F7
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 13th or 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the lower part of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 3.4g). The annular frame is sub-circular (with an external diameter of 24.8mm - 25.9mm, an internal diameter of 18.5 - 19.0mmmm) and is circular sectioned 2.4mm diameter). The encrusted corrosion has masked much of the decoration but a cast twisted, 'cable' motif is evident over one half of the frame and probably only on one face. No decoration is evident on the other face. There is a constriction …
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AC4E22
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the tip of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 7.9g). The annular frame is circular (with an external diameter of 29.9mm - 30.2mm, an internal diameter of 18.5mm) and is rectangular sectioned (3.1mm - 3.8mm thick). The encrusted corrosion has masked the decoration although an outside border is evident, inside of which are repeating semi-circular or D-shaped arcs on one face. No decoration is evident on the reverse face. There is a constriction for the pin on…
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-9998A4
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cardiff
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman copper alloy bow brooch fragment probably from a Trumpet or Trumpet derivative brooch of 1st or 2nd century AD date. The brooch fragment is from a swivelling chain loop (with a surviving length of 20.3mm and a weight of 1.7g) and comprises the wire chain loop with attached frontal plate of disc form. The wire (1.2mm diameter) forms a loop at the apex (7.6mm wide) and is wider at the base (with a surviving width of 17.7mm) to accommodate the spring. The chain-loop is held by a rectangular loop (6.4mm long and 2.0mm wide) on the rear of the disc plate. The fitting (with an ov…
Created on: Friday 6th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 13th July 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-997E4E
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cardiff
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman copper alloy brooch of Colchester derivative, Polden Hill (Mackreth 2011, Part 3, Transitional Type 2.b1, flat wing ends) and of mid-1st-early 2nd century AD. The brooch in incomplete and fragmentary, missing the pin and catch-plate and broken across the top of the bow (with a length of 50mm, a depth of 16mm and a weight of 11.0g). The spring remains in place and is comparatively wide (at 39.5mm), secured around a copper alloy axis bar between lateral lugs, only one of which now survives. The chord is tensioned by a hook at the head. The head is of sheet copper alloy and the fr…
Created on: Friday 6th March 2015
Last updated: Friday 7th July 2017
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