Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches for sale

Button brooches are a diminutive form of cast saucer brooch, typically around 2cm across and bearing a stylized male human face. They are found across southern England, dating from the 5th and 6th centuries, with regional preferences detectable in the decoration. From grave distributions, these brooches were not often worn as the main dress fasteners at the shoulders; they may have been used as decorative pins.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Type Dii' Button Brooch 024951

Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Class Dii' Button Brooch
Copper-alloy, 5.93 grams, 18.68 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy button brooch of Avent and Evison's Type Dii with a stylised helmetted face and well-defined brow and nose. The rim is complete and the notched lines of the border, brow-band and moustache are well preserved. Unusually for this class of brooch, the face shows no sign of gilding. To the reverse, the pin-lug and catchplate. Reference: Avent, R. & Evison, V.I. Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches in Archaeologia, vol.CVII, 1982, p.83-4. Exceptionally fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Type Dii' Button Brooch 024951
Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch 024884

Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch
Gilt copper-alloy, 3.40 grams, 16.07 mm. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy button brooch with heavily gilded face. The brooch features a thick rim and chamfered border surrounding a stylised male face with helmet, pellet eyes above bulbous cheeks and elliptical mouth. To the reverse the attachment points for a pin-lug and catchplate are visible. Button brooches of Class Ai are generally of fine workmanship with a carefully-modelled face. Reference: Avent, R. & Evison, V.I. Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches in Archaeologia, vol.CVII, 1982. Very fine condition, gilding largely intact. Provenance: from an important English collection, acquired 1991, item no. 91.228.
£375.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch 024884
Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch 024028

Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch
Gilt copper-alloy, 4.10 grams, 18.94 mm. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy button brooch with heavily gilded face. The brooch features a sharply turned rim and chamfered border with notched edges surrounding a stylised male face with helmet, pellet eyes above bulbous cheeks and elliptical mouth. To the reverse the attachment points for a pin-lug and catchplate are visible. Button brooches of Class Ai are generally of fine workmanship with a carefully-modelled face and precise notching to the border. Reference: Avent, R. & Evison, V.I. Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches in Archaeologia, vol.CVII, 1982. Very fine condition, gilding substantially intact. Provenance: found East Anglia.
£675.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Class Ai' Button Brooch 024028
Anglo-Saxon 'Class G' Button Brooch 019893

Anglo-Saxon 'Class G' Button Brooch
Copper-alloy, gilt, 4.17 grams, 22.87 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A cast button brooch with the standard form of helmetted face on the central plate, the surrounding flange cast very deep. The catchplate and pin-lug are present on the reverse; remains of gilding on the plate. Similar to a find from Brighthampton. Reference: Avent, R. & Evison, V.I. Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches in Archaeologia, vol.CVII, 1982, plate XVI item 7.1 Very fine condition. Provenance: found Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England.
£225.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Class G' Button Brooch 019893


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