Anglo-Saxon 'Transitional Type' Cruciform Brooch 026522

Anglo-Saxon 'Transitional Type' Cruciform Brooch 026522
Anglo-Saxon 'Transitional Type' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 102 grams, 14.5 cm including stand. 5th century AD. A cast bow brooch with square headplate, three radiating integral collared knops cast in the round, deep D-section bow, long slender footplate with beast-head terminal. The reverse of the footplate features a tapering catchplate; the reverse of the headplate bears a ferrous concretion, the remains of the pin and spring. The brooch displays many of the features of the standard Roman crossbow brooch, but the 'horse-head' detail to the footplate and the iron pin indicate an early Anglo-Saxon origin. The brooch lacks the later distinctive 6th century features such as the separately-cast knops and rectangular headplate with lateral wings, and must be regarded as a transitional type. It is supplied with a custom-made stand. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford 1993, item 12.1 and Hattatt, R. Ancient and Romano-British Brooches, item 104. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Barrington, Cambridgeshire, UK.

 
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