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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Brooches https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches.html La Tène I Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/la-tene-i-brooch-56344.html Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:27:59 GMT Brooches La Tène I Brooch  
Description: An incomplete La Tène I brooch of the Iron Age period. It has an arched and leaf-shaped bow which is decorated with two lentoid grooves that follow it's contours. Three coils of the integrally cast spring with axis bar and external chord survive. The tapered leg with returned ornamental foot and catchplate, along with the pin are all missing.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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Alesia Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/alesia-brooch-56245.html Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:35:08 GMT Brooches Alesia Brooch  
Description:

An incomplete copper-alloy continental Alesia brooch of the late Iron Age. The bow is slightly arched, triangular in plan, rectangular in cross-section, it has decorative fluted grooves at the outer edges which extend approximately two-thirds of its length, thus creating an inverted triangle. The lower section of the bow tapers to a fine point and retains part of the catchplate. The head of the bow, (now missing) was probably the rearwardly rolled-over type that accommodated the axis bar for the hinged pin, (also missing).

The Alesia is of Continental origin. The present example corresponds to Edgar's Type 21, dating to the late Iron Age, circa 50-20 BC,  La Tène phase D2.

Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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La Tène I Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/la-tene-i-brooch-56243.html Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:06:44 GMT Brooches La Tène I Brooch  
Description: An incomplete Iron-Age La Tène I brooch dating to the 4th - 3rd century BC. The brooch is of characteristic La Tène I form, with a highly arched bow which is D-shaped in section, the catchplate and one coil of the integrally cast bi-lateral spring survives, the returned ornamental foot and the pin are missing.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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La Tène I Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/la-tene-i-brooch-56092.html Wed, 19 May 2021 17:07:37 GMT Brooches La Tène I Brooch  
Description: An Iron-Age La Tène I brooch, dating circa 4th to 3rd century BC. The brooch is of characteristic La Tène I form, with highly arched bow of sub-rectangular cross-section, and a returned foot. The undecorated bow has a complete catchplate. The flattened terminal of the returned foot is round with an empty central recess, which may originally have held a separate decorative ornament. The integral spring and pin are missing.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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La Tène I Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/la-tene-i-brooch-56091.html Wed, 19 May 2021 16:58:18 GMT Brooches La Tène I Brooch  
Description: An Iron-Age La Tène I brooch dating to the 4th - 3rd century BC. The brooch is of one-piece construction with a distinctive highly arched bow, a complete catchplate and a sloping returned foot. The bow is sub-rectangular in section and undecorated. The returned foot terminates in a small ring with a ribbed projection, to which may have been attached a separate decorative ornament. There is evidence of minor iron corrosion and staining on the bow surface at the opposite end above the fracture point. The integral coiled spring and pin are missing.

See UKDFD 4807 for similarities regarding ferrous addition.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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Knotenfibel or "Boss-on-Bow" Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/knotenfibel-or-boss-on-bow-brooch-56022.html Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:38:57 GMT Brooches Knotenfibel or  
Description: A copper-alloy Knotenfibel brooch of the Late Iron Age period. The brooch is of a one-piece construction with a right-angled bend close to the flat rectangular section head. The moulded elongated boss or button, located after the bend has knurled decoration and is flanked above and below with a transverse groove. The lower bow appears to be square in section and has the remains of a sub-rectangular, perforated (probably) catch plate. Two coils of the spring survive at the head of the brooch.

Knotenfibeln (the German name in its plural form) originated on the continent between about 50BC and 20BC, and possibly reached Britain a little later. They were predecessors of the native British Birdlip type.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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La Tène III Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/la-tene-iii-brooch-55093.html Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:52:42 GMT Brooches  La Tène III Brooch  
Description: An incomplete late Iron-Age brooch of La Tène III type. The bow is plain and formed from a flattened strip of metal. It tapers to a pointed foot with a solid sub-triangular catch plate with a curved return. In profile, it has a sharp down-turn at the head, and thereafter curves gently. A short length of the bilateral spring mechanism survives at the head of the bow.

The La Tène III brooch is a derivative of the continental Nauheim type. It evolved on the continent around the beginning of the 1st century BC and was brought to Britain by the Belgae.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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Colchester One-Piece Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/colchester-one-piece-brooch-54647.html Mon, 23 Sep 2019 19:09:48 GMT Brooches Colchester One-Piece Brooch  
Description: An incomplete undecorated Colchester one-piece brooch of the late Iron Age to early Roman period. The brooch has short flat wings and a curved tapering sub-circular section bow, which is now slightly bent at the centre. The chord hook and one half of the integral bilateral spring survive. The catchplate is missing.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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Knotenfibel or 'Boss-on-Bow' Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/knotenfibel-or-boss-on-bow-brooch-54224.html Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:27:13 GMT Brooches Knotenfibel or 'Boss-on-Bow' Brooch  
Description: A Knotenfibel or 'boss-on-bow' brooch of the Late Iron Age. The brooch is of one-piece construction with a right-angled bend in the bow close to the head. The characteristic moulded boss or 'button' is located on the curve of the bend, and consists of two half-spool mouldings flanked by two transverse ribs. The cross-section of the bow above the boss is oval, and that below sub-circular. The leg is virtually parallel along its full length, and terminates in a plain trapezoidal catch-plate. The integral coiled spring is completely missing, as the wire has broken at the point where it emerged from the head.

Knotenfibeln (the German name in its plural form) originated on the continent between about 50BC and 20BC, and possibly reached Britain a little later. They were predecessors of the native British Birdlip type.

The recorder notes that the brooch had no patination when found and has not subsequently been cleaned. This is of particular interest in view of the following observation by Richard Hattatt (see References below):
It is noteworthy that extremely few brooches from Pre-Roman Britain are of any metal other than bronze. Yet amongst the Knotenfibeln found here is a surprising number finely made of silver (748), and now we have one of gold (749), which altogether, including the two from the La Catillon (Jersey) hoard, total at least a dozen known of precious metal outside the continent.
In view of the foregoing, identification of the metal should be regarded as tentative, pending testing/confirmation.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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Birdlip Brooch https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/iron-age/brooches/birdlip-brooch-3610.html Sun, 04 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT Brooches Birdlip Brooch  
Description: An incomplete beaked-brooch or 'Birdlip' type brooch of late Iron Age date.

A magnificent brooch, displaying an abundance of illustrious Celtic art. Constructed from a copper-alloy, with high silver or tin content, it is incomplete; damaged at the foot and also missing the pin / spring mechanism. It is highly decorated, moulded with stylized faces which can be seen in various ways. The viewer can also see eyes and recurring crescents, gilded, with areas also coated in silver.

The Birdlip brooch is still one of the finest brooches indigenous to Britain. This impressive example was probably made around the time of the Roman conquest. A similar brooch was discovered in 1879, where workmen discovered three skeletons at a quarry near Birdlip, overlooking the Vale of Gloucester - hence the naming of the type. Some amazing Iron Age artefacts were found which included an extremely important mirror.
Category: Iron Age, Brooches
Category: Brooches
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