Anglo-Saxon 'Cruciform Headed' Small-Long Brooch 014434

Anglo-Saxon 'Cruciform Headed' Small-Long Brooch 014434
Anglo-Saxon 'Cruciform Headed' Small-Long Brooch
Copper-alloy, 8.77 grams, 55.97 mm. 5th-6th century AD. The small-long brooch is a standard Anglo-Saxon form of garment closure, mainly used in pairs to fasten peplos-style dresses at the shoulders. This example has a pierced rectangular headplate, a feature which echoes the form of contemporary cruciform brooches. The bow is decorated with transverse banding. The footplate terminates in a ribbed collar detail. The spring-attachment lug was damaged in antiquity and replaced by a new fitting, attached to a rivet inserted from the front of the brooch. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals) BAR British Series 230, 1993, p.145 item 15.78. Very fine condition. Ex property of a gentleman, found Hertfordshire.
 
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