Colchester-Derivative Brooch
Finder County Date Recorded
Hidden SUFFOLK Sun February 26, 2012
Recorded By Views Validated by
Hidden 276 David Lange
Material Size (mm) Date
Copper alloy 43mm x 15mm 1st century AD

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Description: An incomplete Colchester two-piece bow brooch of the early Roman period.
It is of the type that has a double-pierced lug for the spring mechanism, the lower perforation to hold the axis bar of the spring, and the upper one to secure its chord. The spring mechanism and a fragment of the pin survive. Only one wing survives, it is semi-cylindrical and undecorated. The oval-section bow tapers slightly to a blunt foot, and has decoration consisting of a longitudinal median groove with punched transverse grooves on either side, running from the head to the mid-bow and a single transverse groove at the foot. The back of the brooch has a triangular openwork catchplate.
Keywords: Colchester-Derivative Brooch
Object Type: Brooch Object Classification: Bow
Object Sub-classification: Colchester two-piece Object Description: Incomplete
Object Inscription: Period: Roman
Date Range: 1st century AD Primary Material: Copper alloy
Additional Material: Method of Manufacture: Cast
Surface Treatment:
Weight (grams): Size (mm): 43mm x 15mm
References: Comments:
Findspot: Beck Row County: SUFFOLK
Recorded elsewhere: No Finder: Hidden
Metal Detector Used: Record validated by: David Lange


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