Colchester-Derivative Brooch
Finder County Date Recorded
Hidden SUFFOLK Tue February 28, 2012
Recorded By Views Validated by
Hidden 217 David Lange
Material Size (mm) Date
Copper alloy 52mm x 23mm 1st century AD




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 chord survives but the spring mechanism and the pin are missing. The wings are flat and decorated with an oblique and transverse groove. The triangular-section bow tapers to a blunt foot, and has decoration consisting of a longitudinal median groove with longitudinal grooves on the outer edges. The back of the brooch has a solid triangular 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): 52mm x 23mm
References: Cf. Richard Hattatt, Brooches of Antiquity, No. 873 Comments:
Findspot: Beck Row County: SUFFOLK
Recorded elsewhere: No Finder: Hidden
Metal Detector Used: Record validated by: David Lange


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