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brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1994,0901.1

  • Description

    Gold one-piece brooch with knotted bow. Crafted from a single piece of gold, it has an unusually fine and complex fretted catch-plate, a moulded collared knob which encircles the bow, and a spring and coil mechanism comprised of two coils with an external chord.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 100 BC - 50 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • La Tène III
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 75.9 millimetres
    • Width: 8.1 millimetres
    • Height: 19.7 millimetres
    • Weight: 16 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    This is a typical La Tène III type commonly made in bronze and also silver.

  • Location

    G50/dc18

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1994

  • Acquisition notes

    Property of the estate of the late Count Alberic du Chastel de la Howarderie, Belgium, sold at Sotheby's sale of July 7th 1994 as part of lot 225. Acquired for a total of £3,750.25, being £3,000 from the central reserve, £750.25 from the Departmental Purchase Grant.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1994,0901.1

Gold one-piece brooch with knotted bow. Crafted from a single piece of gold, it has an unusually fine and complex fretted catch-plate, a collared knob which encircles the bow, and a spring and coil mechanism comprised of two coils with an external chord.

Gold one-piece brooch with knotted bow. Crafted from a single piece of gold, it has an unusually fine and complex fretted catch-plate, a collared knob which encircles the bow, and a spring and coil mechanism comprised of two coils with an external chord.

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