Anglo-Saxon 'Small-Long' Bow Brooch 021328

Anglo-Saxon 'Small-Long' Bow Brooch 021328
Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Small-Long' Bow Brooch
Copper-alloy, 10.28 grams, 50.47 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A bow brooch with square heaplate bearing an incised saltire, with a trapezoidal extension above and crimped discoid lobes to each side. The bow is carinated, bisected horizontally by a groove, very flat on the underside. The footplate is triangular with an incised saltire below the bow, crimped discoid lobes flanking, transverse ribbing and a crimped discoid finial. The pin-lug is in place on the reverse and the catchplate is in a block of ferrous accretion, the remains of the pin. The small-long group is very amorphous, characterised by its small size, shallow bow and simple decoration. Reference: Hattatt, R. Iron Age and Roman Brooches, Oxford, 1985 items 672-7. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Harston, Cambridgeshire, England.
 
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