History: Record ID: WAW-EF5322 – ROMAN brooch

History: Record ID: WAW-EF5322 – ROMAN brooch


WAW-EF5322: Roman brooch: Polden Hill Type (plan, profile and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-EF5322

Object type certainty: Certain
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Roman brooch of Colchester derivative, Polden Hill (Mackreth 2011, Part 3, Group 3d, Plate 46, AD c. 50-400). The copper alloy brooch has semi-cylindrical wings with perforated wing caps. The wings are undecorated. The axis bar and spring are copper alloy, and there are five coils. The pin is incomplete. At the centre of the upper edge of the wings/bow head there is a perforated lug which supports the chord. The bowhead is hump-like in profile with a moulding on either side. The bow is sub semi-circular in section and tapers to a blunt foot. On the reverse there is a solid catchplate which is decorated in the centre of the ‘fold’ with two parallel grooves.

The surface of the brooch has a mid grey-green patina.

It measures 52.04mm in length, 15.03mm in width, and weighs 5.52g.

The brooch is a Polden Hill type, Bayley and Butcher (2004:160) comment that the distribution of Polden Hill brooches are concentrated in the West Midlands. Mackreth classifies this type as Group 3c dating to AD c. 50 to 400.

Bayley, J. and Butcher, S., 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection London: Society of Antiquaries

Mackreth, D. F. 2011 Brooches in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain Volume 1 Oxford: Oxbow Books

Mackreth 2011, Part 3, Group 3d, Plate 46

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN

Period from: ROMAN

Period to: ROMAN

Date from: Circa AD 50

Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Length: 52.04 mm

Width: 15.03 mm

Weight: 5.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery:
Sunday 1st January 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton

Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

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