Anglo-Saxon 'Group III' Cruciform Brooch 022889

Anglo-Saxon 'Group III' Cruciform Brooch 022889
Scarce Large Anglo-Saxon 'Group III' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 47.42 grams, 127.41 mm. 6th century AD. A cast cruciform bow brooch with rectangular headplate, shallow bow and elongated foot. The headplate is square with T-shaped lateral 'wing' extensions, each with a knop modelled in the half-round. Above the upper edge is a further, larger knop. The bases of the lateral knops are ornamented with a series of horseshoe punchmarks which extended around the outer edges of the wings, while the headplate itself features two rows of chevron stamps each with a ring at the apex. The bow is carinated in profile, with chamfered edges. The footplate is a rectangular panel with two L-shaped lappets, each with horseshoe punchmarks to the outer edges. The finial is a stylised horse-head beneath a ribbed collar, with raised cone eyes, spiral nostrils and a rectangular plaque at the lower end ornamented with horseshoe stamps. The pin-lug and catchplate are present on the reverse, with ferrous stain from the pin. Reference: cf. cruciform brooch from Sancton, Yorkshire, published in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals) item 12.26 and cf. finial on the example from Darlington in the same volume, item 12.30; Hammond, B. British Artefacts Volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon, p.30, fig. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Leicestershire, UK.

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