- Museum number
One half of a copper alloy toggle. Cast copper alloy, with triangular and curving sided insets for glass 'enamel'. The glass has mostly now dropped out, but a few devitrified and oxidised fragments remain. This piece joins 1846,0322.137.
- Production date
- 50 - 150 (circa)
Length: 104.60 millimetres (total, with 1846,0322.137)
- Curator's comments
There has been some confusion as to the identity of this piece. The two pieces currently marked as 1846,0322.137 are in fact 136 and 137, which together form a whole toggle, as noted in the register. The piece currently marked 1846,0322.136 is in fact 1846,0322.138.
The piece published by Brailsford (1975) as 'Toggle 1', which he lists as 1846,0322.136 was most likely in fact no. 138, and his 'Toggle 2', no. 137 most likely incorporates both no. 136 and no. 137.
From a hoard of metal objects in a pit lined with burnt clay found by chance in ploughing a field in June 1800 near the top of the Polden Hills somewhere near Bridgewater (Harford 1803: 90-1). Harford wrote: "the hoard was ploughed up near the top of Polden Hill near Bridgewater. Polden hill is an eminence on one side of Kings Sedgemoor, a little above the village of Edington, where are evident remains of a Roman station."
According to W.A. Seaby (quoted in C. Fox 1952: 54), the hoard was probably found on Knowle Hill in Bawdrip parish; the source of Seaby's information is not cited, but it may be related to two letters sent to the British Museum (from R. Rainbird Clarke on 26th May 1938 and H.S.L. Dewar on 11th March 1949) which give this location. Mansel Spratling (quoted in Brailsford 1975, 222) has suggested that this could be a confusion arising from the fact that there is a terret from Knowle Hill in Taunton Museum. This terret is very different to the Polden Hill group, and is much more extensively mineralised. It may be safest (as Brailsford has argued) to dismiss the Bawdrip location and accept the original location: 'a little above the village of Edington'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997 28 Mar-15 Jun, Northampton Central Museum, Through Celtic Mists: Life and Ritual in the Iron Age
1991 24 Mar-8 Dec, Italy, Venice, Palazzo Grassi, I Celti
- Acquisition notes
- In sale on March 23rd 1846
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number