Fibulae or brooches were originally used in Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire for fastening garments, such as cloaks or togae. The fibula designs developed into a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle. The Roman conquests resulted in a spread of Roman culture and therefore the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated and highly decorated brooches, modelled in bronze, silver and gold and further enriched with precious and semi-precious gemstones. Fibulae are the most common artefact-type in burials and settlements throughout much of continental Europe. By the Middle Ages, the Roman safety pin type of fibula had fallen into disuse.
Ancient Roman Bronze Rare Pincher Brooch
An elegant and rare Ancient Roman bronze pincher brooch, composed of a rounded bow with two mouth-like openings, hinged together by a rivet. The pin tension is obtained by the closing of the mouth-pincher. This model was used from the late 2nd Century to the middle of the 3rd Century, AD, across the European continent and within the Alpine region, although examples have also been recovered in Spain and Greece. Its modest popularity may be due to its rather simple form.
Condition: Very fine. Metal in excellent condition.