Other Celtic (Iron Age) Antiquities For Sale

Artefacts from the British Iron Age, both Pre-Roman and from the Romano-British period, can often be recognized by the distinctive almond-shaped eyes on human faces, and the rounded La Tene art-style in use at that time. Belt-buckles are absent from the British tradition until the end of the Roman period, but distinctive toggle attachments were used to fasten garments, as well as brooches and pins with recognisable decorative schemes. The magnificent torcs (neck-rings) of the east midlands are a characteristic display item, probably worn only on ceremonial occasions due to their great weight, complex construction and the ease with which gold and electrum can be distorted.

In these pages you will find some fascinating examples of British Iron Age artefacts for sale.

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British Celtic Iron Age 'Bull Head' Mount 000000

Rare British Celtic Iron Age 'Horse Head' Bowl Mount
Copper-alloy, 113 grams, 66 mm including stand. 1st-2nd century AD. A cast mount of a stylised bull's head with carinated muzzle and two spiked horns. The mount features a large loop above the brow and a smaller pierced lug below the muzzle. There is a piercing to the centre of the brow. Mounted on a custom-made stand. Reference: cf. non-figural mounts from the Snowdon bowl in Savory, H.N. Guide catalogue of the Early Iron Age Collections,Cardiff, 1976 fig.38. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£450.00

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British Celtic Iron Age 'Horse Head' Bowl Mount 025224

British Celtic Iron Age 'Horse Head' Bowl Mount
Copper-alloy, 59.96 grams, 41.37 mm including stand. 1st century BC-1st century AD. A cast mount for the rim of a bowl or cauldron. The head is formed as a curved band with teardrop lateral panels and bulbous muzzle. Behind the ears there is a shallow vertical groove to the outer face extending to two scooped bulbs and flange below, gently curved in the vertical plan to accommodate the curvature of the bowl. To the inner curve of the mount there is a slight step to fit the rim. Mounted on a custom-made stand. Reference: cf. non-figural mounts from the Snowdon bowl in Savory, H.N. Guide catalogue of the Early Iron Age Collections,Cardiff, 1976 fig.38. Fine condition. Provenance: found West Yorkshire, UK.

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British Celtic Iron Age 'Horse Head' Bowl Mount 025224
Thracian Celtic 'Warrior' Marble Figural Plaque 027284

Rare Thracian Celtic 'Warrior' Marble Figural Plaque
Marble, 555 grams, 13 cm. 3rd-1st century BC. A carved marble plaque depicting a pair of standing males; left, a warrior in cuirass gathered at the waist, with spear in left hand and touching an altar with his right; right, a naked bearded male in similar pose; below, a broad plain border. Fine condition, bottom restored. Provenance: ex Barker collection, UK.
£650.00

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Thracian Celtic 'Warrior' Marble Figural Plaque 027284
Romano-British 'Helmetted' Face Mount 026794

Romano-British 'Helmetted' Face Mount
Copper-alloy, 61 grams, 47.94 mm including stand. 1st century AD. A cast appliqué mount of a helmetted head. The triangular face with lentoid eyes and scaphoid mouth is surmounted by a broad horizontal band and tiered cap above. The mount is hollow to the reverse. It is supplied with a custom-made stand. Reference: Murawski, P. Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom, item R09-0118. Very fine condition. Provenance: property of an Essex gentleman; acquired before 1995.
£185.00

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Romano-British 'Helmetted' Face Mount 026794
Iron Age Celtic 'Dish-Terminal' Dress Pin 027521

Iron Age Celtic 'Dish-Terminal' Dress Pin
Bronze, 7.79 grams, 67.43 mm. 2nd century BC-1st century AD. A cast bronze dress pin with dish terminal. Fine condition. Provenance: from a private UK collection, by descent from the vendor's father, who formed his collection in the 1970s-1980s. Part of this collection was previously sold at Bonham's Antiquities sale 17855, 6 October 2010, Lot 199.

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Iron Age Celtic 'Dish-Terminal' Dress Pin 027521
Iron Age Celtic 'Bird Finial' Dress Pin 027520

Iron Age Celtic 'Bird Finial' Dress Pin
Bronze, 10.37 grams, 10.82 mm. 2nd century BC-1st century AD. A cast bronze dress pin with bird finial. Fine condition. Provenance: from a private UK collection, by descent from the vendor's father, who formed his collection in the 1970s-1980s. Part of this collection was previously sold at Bonham's Antiquities sale 17855, 6 October 2010, Lot 199.
£120.00

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Iron Age Celtic 'Bird Finial' Dress Pin 027520
Romano Celtic ‘Trumpet Whorl’ Tongue-Shaped Hingeplate 026278

Romano Celtic ‘Trumpet Whorl’ Tongue-Shaped Hingeplate
Copper-alloy, 12.2 grams, 39.8 mm. Circa 1st century AD. A tongue-shaped hingeplate decorated in the Celtic La Tene tradition, formed from double trumpets, with attachment pegs on the reverse. Reference: Megaw, R and V, Celtic Art, 1989, p. 238. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Romano Celtic ‘Trumpet Whorl’ Tongue-Shaped Hingeplate 026278
Celtic 'Square Section' Awl 022696

Celtic 'Square Section' Awl
Copper-alloy, 7.54 grams, 41.70 mm. Circa 1st century BC-1st century AD. A cast copper-alloy awl formed as a square-section bar narrowing to pointed ends. Reference: Evans, J. The Ancient Bronze Implements Weapons & Ornaments of Great Britain & Ireland, page 189. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection, found Dartford, Kent, UK.

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Celtic 'Square Section' Awl 022696


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