Other Saxon Period Brooches For Sale

There was a great variety of brooch-types in Anglo-Saxon England. In the early Anglo-Saxon period, examples of Frankish and Langobardic fashion penetrated to English markets in the form of radiate-headed brooches, animal brooches and the like. With the onset of Viking activity and the later settlement, developed Scandinavian forms such as the tortoise brooch began to appear.

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Ostrogothic 'Eagle-Head' Brooch Terminal 024838

Ostrogothic 'Eagle-Head' Brooch Terminal
Copper-alloy, 5.48 grams, 24.92 mm. 5th century AD. A fabricated bird-head cellwork mount with discoid eye. A single triangular garnet cloison remains in the cell beneath the eye. Remains of the catchplate are present on the reverse. There is an old collector's label to the reverse with the accession number '92.176'. The style of cellwork is similar to that of the eagle brooch in the Domagnano treasure. Reference: cf. Domagnano material published in Reynolds Brown, K. Migration Art AD 30-800, New York, 1995. Fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1992 inventory no.92.176 / cat.2028.

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Ostrogothic 'Eagle-Head' Brooch Terminal 024838
Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027671

Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 21.98 grams total, 47.40-51.23 mm. 6th century AD. A pair of flat-section annular brooches. One features four groups of radiating transverse strokes and two lines of opposed triangular stamps, ferrous remains of the pin. The other features similar bands of transverse strokes and a meandering line of punched points. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 10.27. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£130.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027671
Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-and-Dot' Annular Brooch Pair 027668

Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-and-Dot' Annular Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 20.10 grams, 45.23-45.49 mm. 6th century AD. A pair of flat-section annular brooches, each with bands of transverse lines and running guilloche pattern formed with ring-and-dot markings, ferrous remains of the pin. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 10.28. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£180.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-and-Dot' Annular Brooch Pair 027668
Anglo-Saxon 'Lunate Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027672

Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 31.98 grams total, 57-94-57.95 mm. 6th century AD. A large pair of flat-section annular brooches. Each features four groups of radiating transverse strokes and two lines of opposed lunate stamps, ferrous remains of the pin. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 10.21, 27. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£140.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Lunate Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027672
Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027670

Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 18.79 grams total, 48.63-50.51 mm. 6th century AD. A pair of flat-section annular brooches. One features two lines of punched horseshoe motifs, hole to the centre of the plaque to accept the pin. The other brooch features four groups of radiating transverse strokes and two lines of opposed triangular stamps, ferrous remains of the pin. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 10.27. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£120.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027670
Anglo-Saxon 'S-Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027669

Anglo-Saxon 'S-Punched' Annular Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 21.04 grams total, 47.13-47.22 mm. 6th century AD. A matched pair of annular brooches. Each brooch features a defined constriction where the pin was coiled around the plaque and the obverse is ornamented with a series of S-shaped punchmarks. One brooch bears a ferrous stain where the iron pin rested on the plaque. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 10.39, 40. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£120.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'S-Punched' Annular Brooch Pair 027669
Anglo-Saxon 'Quatrefoil' Ansate Brooch 024897

Anglo-Saxon 'Quatrefoil' Ansate Brooch
Copper-alloy, 4.39 grams, 32.21 mm. Circa 6th-8th century AD. A cast copper-alloy ansate brooch with short D-section bow, each terminal a quatrefoil with incised saltire motif. To the reverse, the pin-lug and catchplate are in place. Reference: cf. similar items in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 brooch from Barham (fig.3(3)). Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£55.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Quatrefoil' Ansate Brooch 024897
Anglo-Saxon 'Equal-Arm' Plate Brooch 024800

Superb Anglo-Saxon 'Equal-Arm' Plate Brooch
Copper-alloy, 4.25 grams, 31.86 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch with expanding arms and central ribbed section; each arm decorated with zigzag motifs to the outer edges and square punched details to the interior. To the reverse, the pin-lug and catchplate are in place. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 item 18.2. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1988 inventory no.88.134 / cat.2040.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Equal-Arm' Plate Brooch 024800
Frankish 'Eagle' Bird Brooch Pair 024781

Superb Frankish 'Eagle' Bird Brooch Pair
Copper-alloy, 6.53 grams, 28.87-29.02 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A pair of cast copper-alloy plate brooches in the form of stylised birds with lozengiform bodies, D-shaped tails, crescent claws and hooked beaks with annular eyes. Notched detailing to the interior of each panel. Reference: cf. eagle plate brooch from Coddenham, Suffolk, in West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 item 23(7). Extremely fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1984 inventory no.84.912 / cat.2034.

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Frankish 'Eagle' Bird Brooch Pair 024781
Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch 022884

Extremely Rare Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch
Copper-alloy, 13.50 grams, 43.01 mm. Circa 7th-8th century AD. A cast copper-alloy bow brooch with openwork terminals. The bow is thick, D-section and U-shaped with facetted ends. The terminals are each formed as a pair of addorsed dragon heads, each with lobed snout and return scroll beneath the lower jaw. To the reverse, the pin-lug, ferrous remains from the pin and catchplate are in place. Reference: cf. large ansate brooches in West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 fig.3(3) from Barham, figure 11(1) from Brandon, figure 98(5) from Ipswich, figure 123(3) from Playford; and a less decorative equal-arm brooch from Niederbreisig, Germany in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession number 17.193.294). Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an English collection, found at Melton, Leicestershire, England.
£1,250.00

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Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch 022884
Anglo-Saxon 'Ribbed' Caterpillar Brooch 024014

Anglo-Saxon 'Ribbed' Caterpillar Brooch
Copper-alloy, 6.28 grams, 40.43 mm. Circa 8th-9th century AD. A cast copper-alloy caterpillar brooch, D-shaped in section with five transverse ribs. To the reverse, the pin-lugs and catchplate are present. Reference: Hammond, B. British Artefacts, vol. 2, Witham, 2010 items1.1.1-g. Fine condition. Provenance: found Bedfordshire, UK.
£35.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Ribbed' Caterpillar Brooch 024014
Anglo-Saxon 'Domed Rivets' Plate Brooch 020440

Extremely Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Domed Rivets' Plate Brooch
Gilt copper-alloy, 10.98 grams, 38.99 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A lozengiform plate brooch with radiating floral decoration, heavily gilded. At the centre and at the middle of each of the sides is placed a large silver domed rivet, forming a quincunx pattern. The pin and pin-lug are in place on the reverse; the attachment point for the missing catchplate can be discerned. The decoration of the brooch is typical of the Late Anglo-Saxon Winchester Style, seen in manuscripts such as the Ramsey Psalter. Prominent domed rivets are found on contemporary high-status objects such as the Sutton (Isle of Ely) brooch. Reference: Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984. Good fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, England.
£450.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Domed Rivets' Plate Brooch 020440
Saxon / Ostrogothic Bow Brooch 016808

Extremely Rare Saxon / Ostrogothic 'Triangular-Headed' Bow Brooch
Silver-gilt, 39.36 grams, 66.65 mm. 5th century AD. A finely made example of an Ostrogothic style bow brooch. The sub-triangular headplate is constructed as a semicircular panel adjacent to the top of the bow, decorated with chip-carved running spirals. Three smaller semicircular panels radiate from this, each decorated with three roundels within collars. A surrounding strip bears chip-carved key-step decoration, extending to above the upper panel where a discoid lobe bears spiral joining the border. There are symmetrically placed quadrangular slots parallel to the outer edges. The bow features three heavy moulded ribs with longitudinal detailing, between which are panels of key-step decoration. The footplate shows designs mirroring those on the headplate, but lacking the lobed features; the remains of two circular piercings are evident on the lower edge which was broken in antiquity. A brooch (accession number 1905,0520.193) of the same overall form but lacking the extravagant chip-carving and gilding of the present piece is in the British Museum, acquired at from the Delamain Collection Herpes (Charente, France) but of Ostrogothic origin. Reference: The Herpes cemetery was poorly documented at the time of excavation, but is discussed in Effros, B. Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages, Berkeley, 2003. Part lost in antiquity, otherwise extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found continental Europe. This antiquity is accompanied by an XRF metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.

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Saxon / Ostrogothic Bow Brooch 016808
Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch 022853

Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch
Copper-alloy, 2.89 grams, 37.14 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch in the form of a stylised bird in profile with large disc eye, recurved beak, elliptical body, forked tail. To the right side is placed the stylised claw. The wing area is filled with geometric linear design. To the reverse, the catchplate and pin-lugs are in place. Brooches of this type depicting a single bird in profile with folded wing, are found in areas associated with the Merovingian Franks and among their neighbours; they were worn by high-status females as part of their formal costume. Reference: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item VII.17.18 and cf. West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 item 23(7). Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Nottinghamshire, UK.
£295.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch 022853
Anglo-Saxon 'Narrow Band' Pair of Annular Brooches 018873

Anglo-Saxon 'Narrow Band' Pair of Annular Brooches
Copper-alloy, 2.12/1.23 grams, 42.04/41.77 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A pair of annular brooches of similar size but different construction. The first brooch is formed as a plate with about 10mm overlap at the junction, which is secured by a small rivet; the iron pin has corroded, filling the attachment hole and leaving a ferrous trace on the opposing side of the plate; decoration is in the form of a series of punched annulets. The second brooch is somewhat narrower in the band, and the about 12mm overlap is not riveted (it may have been soldered); the pin hole is void, but there are traces of ferrous deposits on both faces of the brooch; decoration is in the form of radiating punched lines. Brooches of this type were worn in pairs at the shoulders to secure the tubular peplos dress; they are not especially durable and may have needed replacing, as appears to have been the case here. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), BAR British Series 230, 1993, p.87 item 10.28. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Droxford, Hampshire, England.
£120.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Narrow Band' Pair of Annular Brooches 018873


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