Bracelets

These ornaments have usually rounded or flat bodies that can be solid or hollow. There are, also, examples of bracelets with a rounded body and hollow tubular section. The ends are frequently expanded to form solid or concave conical-shaped terminals, outwardly expanded semicircular plain terminals or circular, oval and square sectioned solid plain terminals. In a few cases, the ends are back coiled to form terminals. Decoration, if present, consists of incised geometric patterns.

Dating and areas of discovery

Date: circa 1150 BC - 750 BC
Distribution: Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland

Examples

Solid thin rounded body; unexpanded sub-squared terminals BM 1857,0627.9

A late Bronze Age gold bracelet from Ireland

Solid thin rounded body; slightly expanded sub-circular terminals BM 1857,0627.4

A late Bronze Age gold bracelet from Newmarket, Ireland

Solid thin rounded body; slightly expanded solid, plain and circular terminals BM 1857,0627.6

Gold bracelet.

Solid thin rounded body; expanded, conical shaped and hollow terminals BM 1874,0303.7

Gold bracelet

Solid rounded body; outwardly-projecting, circular and plain terminals BM 1857,0627.2

Gold bracelet.

Solid rounded body; outwardly-projecting, conical shaped and concave terminals BM 1857,0627.1

Gold bracelet

Solid rounded body; outwardly-projecting conical shaped and hollow terminals BM 1853,0926.1

Gold ring

Rounded body, hollow tubular section; expanded conical shaped and plain terminals BM 1973,1101.1

Gold penannular bracelet. Curved solid body with slight flattening along inner circumference, evenly-expanded solid terminals.

Rounded body, hollow tubular section; expanded conical shaped and hollow terminals BM 1885,0613.3

Solid slightly concave body; outwardly expanded, solid, semi-circular and plain terminals BM WG.5

Gold penannular bracelet. Solid body of D-shaped cross-section with outwardly expanded solid terminals. Uneven shape, lightly scratched, notable deeper scratches on outer surface.

Flat thin body; slightly expanded small semicircular and plain terminals BM 1966,1208.2

Gold penannular bracelet. Flat internally hollowed body with solid terminals.

Flat body, solid rectangular terminals BM 1871,0401.6

Gold bracelet + sample.

Flat body; solid circular plain terminals BM WG 7

Gold penannular bracelet with flat body. The buffer-like terminals expanding into short thick cylinders.

Flat body; inwards coiled terminals BM AF.404

Gold penannular bracelet; flat ribbon of metal with the ends turned inwards.

Flat body; terminals back coiled BM WG.
Gold penannular bracelet. Flat surface, edge of bracelet notably dented in places, generally lightly scratched with several heavier scratches, medium gold colour. Terminals are tapered and formed by curling the strip back on itself. Slight reddish discolouration at middle of inner surface and on terminals.