Saxon Period Radiate-Headed Brooches For Sale

Radiate-headed bow brooches, derived from late Roman fashions, formed an important part of the costume of Anglo-Saxon females especially in the south-east where dress styles were most strongly influenced by contemporary Frankish fashions. The D-shaped headplate sports a series of radiating knobs and the footplate is usually lozenge-shaped or rectangular. Details of the design and ornament have been studied, linking insular types to continental and Scandinavian counterparts.

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Visigothic 'Garnet Cabochon' Radiate-Headed Brooch 026721

Visigothic 'Garnet Cabochon' Radiate-Headed Brooch
Copper-alloy, 35.44 grams, 111 mm. early 6th century AD. A cast bow brooch with ornamented surface. The headplate is D-shaped with an outer band of bird-heads merging to form an openwork border, at the apex of which is an inset cabochon garnet. The bow is shallow, D-section with incised collars to the ends. The footplate is leaf-shaped with six discoid lugs at the angles and an ovoid finial. The surface of the headplate and footplate is ornamented with incised ring-and-dot ornament. To the reverse, the pin-lugs and catchplate are encased in the ferrous remains of the pin. Reference: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 items IX.6.3, IX.2.1. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection; acquired in the 1980s.
£350.00

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Visigothic 'Garnet Cabochon' Radiate-Headed Brooch 026721
Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 010408

Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch
Copper-alloy, 23.90 grams, 102.66 mm. 5th-6th century AD. Radiate-headed bow brooches are associated with the Merovingian Franks, and occur in England in areas with a Frankish presence either through trade or marriage ties. The present example has the standard D-shaped headplate with a D-shaped medial panel with zigzag decorations, surrounded by a border of zigzags within a border of pellets. The outer edge features seven lobed extensions, each set with a cabochon garnet [replaced]. The shallow bow bears a central ridge with ring-and-dot motifs flanked by two billeted panels. The parallel-sided footplate continues the central ridge with ring-and-dot designs, flanked by a panels of zigzag decoration. At the lower end the ridge evolves into a pair of voided ellipses above a transverse band of zigzag design. On the reverse, the catchplate is in place and the pin-lugs are encased in a ferrous encrustation from the corrosion of the pin. The garnets have not all been set to the same depth due to variations in the casting, giving some a darker coloration than others. Reference: cf. a slightly simpler variant in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 pl.VIII(2)and cf. the example from Weimar (Germany) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, München, 2007, item V.3.1.1. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon. Restored, otherwise in good very fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, England. [No export licence will be granted for this item, UK sale only]
£1,250.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 010408


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