Ancient Roman Brooches for Sale

Brooches were not just for decoration, they were worn by both men and women to secure clothing similar in their securing technique to modern safety pins. They were normally made of bronze and were commonly silvered or decorated with coloured enamels. Brooches were already being worn by the native "British" before the Roman invasion, so a number brooches of the Roman period show a mixture of both British and continental styles.

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Roman 'Elliptical' Silver Trumpet Brooch 028122

Roman 'Elliptical' Silver Trumpet Brooch
Silver, 2.90 grams, 12 mm. 1st-2nd century AD. A cast silver trumpet brooch with expanding bow and bulb, flat elliptical plate below with punched-point detail, knop finial; spring and catchplate to the reverse. Very fine condition, complete with pin. Provenance: from an old Sussex collection.
£85.00

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Roman 'Elliptical' Silver Trumpet Brooch 028122
Roman 'P-Shaped' Parcel-Gilt Bow Brooch 028145

Roman 'P-Shaped' Parcel-Gilt Bow Brooch
Silver, parcel-gilt, 11 grams, 68 mm. 2nd-3rd century AD. A cast bow-brooch of P-shaped profile, with facetted crossbar and square-section bow; knop finials to the foot and crossbar and similar knop above the bow; gilding to the knops and outer face of the bow. Fine condition. Provenance: ex property of a European gentleman living in the UK; ex private collection formed in the 1990s.
£80.00

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Roman 'P-Shaped' Parcel-Gilt Bow Brooch 028145
Roman 'Concentric Rings' Disc Brooch 025641

Roman 'Concentric Rings' Disc Brooch
Silvered Bronze, 3.65 grams, 25.53 mm. 2nd century AD. A cast disc brooch with flat obverse surface. There are two concentric incised bands surrounding the central piercing for insertion of a knop. To the reverse there are the remains of the catchplate and pin-lugs. Reference: Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity, Oxford, 1987 item 1027. Fine condition. Provenance: found West Sussex, UK

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Roman 'Concentric Rings' Disc Brooch 025641
Roman 'Chevron' Bronze Pincer Brooch 027283

Very Rare Roman 'Chevron' Bronze Pincer Brooch
Bronze, 15 grams, 84 mm. 1st-2nd century AD. A bronze pincer brooch comprising a narrow round-section pin with flattened head and thicker round-section bow with flattened head and broad catchplate; the outer face of the bow with tooled chevron designs. Reference: Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity, items 1270-1. Very fine condition. Provenance: acquired on the London art market in the late 1970s.
£145.00

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Roman 'Chevron' Bronze Pincer Brooch 027283
Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Disc Brooch 023997

Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Disc Brooch
Copper-alloy and enamel, 15.03 grams, 52.48 mm. Circa 2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch with enamel infill. The central element is a domed panel with ring-and-dot decorations and a central cell filled with radiating red and blue enamel. Surrounding this are four roundel arms, each with a central enamel-filled cell surrounded by enamel and glass inserts; from each arm radiate four further discoid cells with red and white enamel infill. To the reverse, the pin-lug and catchplate are in place. Reference: Hattatt, R. Ancient Brooches and Other Artefacts, Oxford, 1989 item 1610. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Bedfordshire, UK.
£750.00

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Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Disc Brooch 023997
Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Plate Brooch 024176

Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Plate Brooch
Copper-alloy and enamel, 8.52 grams, 50.44 mm. Circa 2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch with triangular plates and central bow. The plates are provided with a small knop at the apex, and triangular cells with red enamel infill. The bow is formed with ribbed ends, narrow centre and raised conical knop, the knop with concentric enamel rings. To the reverse, the pin-lugs, hinged pin and catchplate are present. Hattatt suggests that brooches of this form were made by copying elements from other brooch types. Reference: Hattatt, R. Ancient Brooches and Other Artefacts, Oxford, 1989 item 1608. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£195.00

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Roman 'Composite' Enamelled Plate Brooch 024176
Roman 'Polychrome' Enamelled Fastener 023182

Roman 'Polychrome' Enamelled Fastener
Copper-alloy, 4.66 grams, 27.77 mm. 2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy fastener comprising a lozengiform plate and two T-shaped pegs to the rear. The plate has a round central hole and surround; the field is divided into alternating blue and white enamel cells with recesses for additional circular studs. The points of the lozenge are provided with radiating knops. The underside of the rear pegs are knurled for grip. The fastener imitates the form of a class of 2nd century Roman lozenge plate brooches but lacks the central raised panel, which was probably attached by means of a stud passing through the central hole. Reference: Hattatt, R. Ancient Brooches and Other Artefacts, Oxford, 1989 item 1586-7. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Wiltshire, UK.
£175.00

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Roman 'Polychrome' Enamelled Fastener 023182
Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch 023404

Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch
Silver, 10.52 grams, 29.32 mm. Circa 1st to 2nd century AD. A small silver trumpet-type brooch. Very fine condition, majority of the pin remaining. Provenance: property of a deceased detectorist, found circa 1970s, with old sales ticket.
£95.00

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Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch 023404
Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch 023403

Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch
Silver, 11.65 grams, 38.37 mm. Circa 1st to 2nd century AD. A small silver trumpet-type brooch. Very fine condition, pin lost in antiquity. Provenance: property of a deceased detectorist, found circa 1970s, with old sales ticket.
£95.00

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Roman 'Trumpet Type' Bow Brooch 023403
Roman 'Pannonia Type' Silver Brooch 014532

Roman 'Pannonia Type' Silver Brooch
Silver & copper-alloy, 28.75 grams, 58.53 mm. Roman brooch with copper-alloy pin and spring; circa 2nd century AD. The form is derived from the 'trumpet' type and this example is very similar to brooches found at Pannonia; with simplified semi-circular head and a large corresponding projection at the centre. The foot terminal is enhanced with a small moulded panel and plain catchplate; this last showing some minor damage. The one-piece spring and pin assembly passes through a central projection at the rear of the brooch head. Reference: Iron Age and Roman Brooches by Richard Hattatt, figure 28, for similar pieces. Very fine condition. This item is accompanied by an XRF ancient metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.
£195.00

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Roman 'Pannonia Type' Silver Brooch 014532
Roman 'Crossbow' Brooch 005784

Roman 'Crossbow' Brooch
Silver, 6.00 grams, 51.12 mm. Circa 4th Century A.D. Semi-circular in profile, with a circular section, the circular leg is extended to the same length as the bow, the pin was lost in antiquity. The front of the cross bar is decorated with two protruding lumps and knobbed terminals. On top there is a further knob where the stud would be as on a Roman head stud brooch. Similar to Benet's, p129, R07 0404 which books at £500-600. Very Fine condition.
£125.00

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Roman 'Crossbow' Brooch 005784


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