Anglo-Saxon 'Group 2' Cruciform Brooch 026524

Anglo-Saxon 'Group 2' Cruciform Brooch 026524
Anglo-Saxon 'Group 2' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 61 grams, 11.5 cm. 6th century AD. A cast cruciform bow brooch with rectangular headplate, tapering bow and elongated foot. The headplate is a plain, flat-section rectangular plaque with scored lines indicating the division between the headplate and lateral wings. The knops are of the earliest form, modelled in the round and each with slight flattening to the reverse, with a ribbed collar and attachment peg. The bow is broad, facetted at each end and slightly tapering towards the trapezoidal footplate with stylised bird-head lappets. The ribbed collar extends to a horse-head finial with rounded pellet eyes and cupped muzzle, slightly hollow to the reverse. The pin is attached to a ferrous spring and the catchplate is complete. Many of the features of the brooch are early - such as the non-segmented headplate, separate knops, lack of punched detailing and presence of the spring - but the broad headplate is unusual on the earliest brooches. Reference: cf. the brooch from Burlington, Cambridgeshire in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), item 12.22; Hammond, B. British Artefacts Volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon, p.30, fig.1.1.4.1-a. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.

 
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