Merovingian - Pair of Bronze Brooches
Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking
GBP (£) 50 - 70
EUR (€) 59 - 83
USD ($) 65 - 91
Sold for (Inc. premium): £69
Circa 5th-6th century AD. A nicely detailed matched pair of Frankish copper-alloy bow brooches; the square head bearing a double border and billeted infill, with radiating lobed knobs; the shallow bow bearing a thickened, pelleted median rib and billeted decoration; the convex footplate bordered by pelleted bands enclosing a panel of billeting; the finial in the form of a zoomorphic head formed from a pelleted subtriangular feature with convex billeted panels on each side. 63 mm; 6.49 and 6.20 grams. Generally fine with one brooch having a break at the centre repaired.
Ex English collection.
Smith, 1923, plate XIV no.11.
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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