Brooches

Brooch measurements

Brooch is the object type, further identification information should be placed in the classification and sub classification fields. There are many sub classes of brooches, so unless you know leave this blank.

Some basic pointers:

  • Iron Age brooches are usually made in one piece and have sprung pins
  • Roman brooches are often bow brooches or plate brooches. They can have either sprung or hinged pins
  • Early Medieval brooches are generally either bow, plate or annular, but they can take a variety of shapes e.g. cruciform. Can often use iron pins.
  • Medieval brooches are generally annular brooches, but they can be many shapes including animals
  • Post Medieval brooches generally tend to be more ornate, and again have many variants

Brooch types


A cruciform brooch
A cruciform brooch

 

A plate brooch
A plate brooch

A bow brooch
A bow brooch with hinged pin

A bow brooch with a sprung pin
A bow brooch with sprung pin

Annular brooch (pin set in a narrowed area)
Annular brooch (pin set in a narrowed area)
 

Pennannular brooch (pin around the frame)
Pennannular brooch (pin around the frame)
 

Example description

A complete Medieval cast copper alloy annular brooch. The brooch has a wide, flat, circular frame, with a thick pin set in a narrowed area. The pin is not complete, the point is missing. There is a small recess opposite where the pin is attached to the frame, where the pin would have rested. There is decoration on the front, in an interlace style. The break on the pin is not new, and generally the brooch is in good condition. The brooch is 35.4mm diameter, 2mm thick and weighs 11.44 grams. A similar brooch can be seen on the database LVPL-B44685.