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Record ID: NMGW3321
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast white metal (presumably pewter) annular brooch of circular cross-section decorated with seven, evenly-spaced projections, alternately circular or lozenge in shape. Each projection is embellished with an octofoil floral motif. The tapering, rectangular-sectioned pin is accommodated in a slight constriction defined by two collars within the brooch's circumference. The head of the pin us decorated with a circular projection embellished with an octofoil floral motif identical to those situated on the brooch. The shape of the brooch is slightly distorted. Untrimmed traces of flashing a…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd October 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-B7CE52
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval annular brooch frame, probably of 13th or 14th century date The frame is complete although the surface has been lost. The frame is circular with a diameter of 16.6mm (internal diameter of 11.6mm), a thickness of 1.5mm and weighs 0.7g. The rear of the frame is bevelled and plain. The pin restriction has a width of 2.1mm and the bar has a diameter of 1.7mm. The opposite side of the frame has no notch for the pin. The front of the brooch was decorated with raised delicate ribbing, possibly forming letters to define a legend but now difficult to discern. The brooch frame has poor…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd January 2008
Last updated: Tuesday 4th March 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-174E11
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fine Medieval cast open frame brooch, probably dating to the 13th – 14th century. The brooch frame is composed of an eight-pointed star, each sub-triangular component of which has two perforations. Between each segment is a raised circular collet containing a now white chalky substance. The settings have been analysed using a scanning electron microscope, indicating they are composed of calcium carbonate (M. Davies, pers. comm.). The settings originally would have been domed and the analysis implies that the collets were probably inset with mother of pearl or similar. The pin is of D…
Created on: Thursday 19th June 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-536DA0
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment from a gilt reversible annular open frame brooch of Late Medieval date, probably 15th or 16th century. The fragment is decorated on both faces. One face contained a legend with the letters G R surviving. The letters are contained within an incised border and separated by hatching. It is possible the legend may have read ‘AVEMARIAGRACIA’. The decoration on the other face is zoned, with one portion displaying a chevron design inside an incised border. The fragment does not have evidence for the pin bar or stops.
Created on: Wednesday 16th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-6A5408
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bridgend
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Open frame annular brooch, probably of 14th century date. The cast frame incorporates six collets, two each end of the pin and two opposite each other midway along the frame. The collets contained blue and white glass stones, originally domed. The four colleets around the pin alternating between blue and white, and the two frame collets are white. The frame has a ‘D’ shaped profile and is plain, except for where it is expanded at each collet and around each end of the pin housing. The separate pin is attached through a drilled hole in the frame and two of the collets restrict the p…
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-6A6462
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Unusual open frame brooch of triangular form. The brooch is decorated at each terminal with an animal head, possibly a dog. One side of the frame, ‘the bar’ is slightly bowed (concave) and is slighter than the other arms, it has been thinned at a central point to restrict the movement of the head of the pin (now absent). The other two arms rise gently before a bend returns to the terminal. The ears of the animal head at this terminal would have acted as lobes to restrict movement of the point of the pin.
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-E72766
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gilt copper alloy brooch of Medieval date, probably dating from the 14th century. Reversible brooch with a lozenge shaped frame, decorated on both faces. One face (raised) is decorated with two beaded lines separated by a raised line. The other face (flat) is decorated with a series of sixteen square cells (five along each side). The cells alternate between being plain and containing a quatrefoil or cross design. The frame is wasted at one corner where the pin is secured. The pin head is long to accommodate the frame, and has a square profile. The pin head is presumably of composit…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-9C3A27
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description The reported object is the body of a silver annular brooch; the pin is missing. The brooch has been created by filing down the rim of, and removing the centre from, a silver coin of King Henry VI of England (1422-61); this has created a flat annular brooch with inner diameter of approximately 9mm, outer diameter approximately 22mm, with a thickness of the order of 0.6mm and weight of 2.27g. The brooch survives in two pieces, having at some stage been bent and broken; it has not been cleaned. The 'host' coin is a groat (4d) of Henry VI, struck at the mint of Calais betw…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 19th July 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-D8FB76
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy annular brooch of 13th or 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the pin and settings. The frame is circular with an external diameter of 47.3mm (30.3mm internal). The brooch frame comprises a plain outer bevelled edge, leading to the central ring with eight raised collets. The collets are irregular and oval (up to 8.7mm by 6.2mm) and give the brooch a maximum thickness of 7.34mm. All but one of the collets contains a white calcium deposit. Between each collet, the frame is decorated with five rows of punched ring-and-dot decoration. There is some…
Created on: Wednesday 29th November 2006
Last updated: Monday 24th April 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-6DE616
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The brooch is complete (with a weight of 4.8g) and comprises an annular silver frame and pin. The frame is circular (with an external diameter of 24.2mm) and is of sub-circular section (with a diameter of 2.4mm - 2.7mm). One face of the brooch is decorated with three panels, arranged at regular distances around the frame (each 12mm wide) and between each panel the frame is undecorated. The decorative panels each comprise four deep transverse groove defining triangular areas. Each of the triangles is enhanced with between three and six punched circular rings, generally in a triangular …
Created on: Tuesday 24th April 2012
Last updated: Thursday 24th January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eardisley Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-45F745
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A silver brooch, fashioned from a groat (fourpenny piece) of King Edward I, 1272-1307. The coin brooch takes the form of a disc brooch, diameter 29mm. On the reverse, the side visible when worn, are five collets - one central, the others evenly spaced round the rim, at 12 o'clock, etc, as viewed, in varying states of preservation; these presumably originally held glass, enamel or coloured stones, though none survives and no remains of adhesive material have been detected. The brooch has not been cleaned but this face appears to have been gilded. On the obverse are the fragmentary re…
Created on: Monday 18th January 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 8th November 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-3E2ACD
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy annular brooch of 13th to 14th century date The brooch is of annular type and is complete but the pin is distorted (with a weight of 3.5g). The annular frame (with an external diameter of 26.9mm and internal 21.0mm) is of sub-rectangular section, with convex faces (1.7mm - 2.0mm thick and 2.4mm - 3.2mm wide). The frame is decorated on one face with four zones of between six and eight transverse grooves, positioned at regular intervals. The frame is undecorated between the four zones. The rear of the frame is undecorated. There is a constriction for the pin on …
Created on: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 7th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-636F0B
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small silver annular brooch. The circular frame is circular in cross-section, and one side (the front) is decorated with two clusters of transverse grooves filled with niello. The wrap-around head of the pin secure it to the annular frame of the brooch, is lightly wider (2mm) than the shaft (width 1mm). External frame diameter 12 x 13mm; frame thickness 1mm; pin length 12mm; weight 0.55g. A number of annular brooches with similar pins are known from Wales. They range from small silver stirrup brooches, such as those from Llanfaes (Anglesey), Llanbedr Duffryn Clwyd (Denbighshire) …
Created on: Monday 28th July 2014
Last updated: Monday 28th July 2014
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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-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-4E7878
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The reported 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 groups transverse lines on one side, and transverse bands alternating with engraved crosses on the other, all inlaid with niello. The pin shaft is incised with a zig-zag line on each facet. The wrap-around head of the pin securing it to the annular frame of the brooch is decorated with four short vertical engraved lines on one side, and three rows of dots on the other side. There is a slight expansion at the junction…
Created on: Friday 9th August 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 26th November 2013
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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-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-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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