Anglo-Saxon brooches, known as dalc or spennel, were mainly worn by women to fasten their dresses and cloaks. Cruciform brooches such as this one would have been worn singly. Cruciform brooches come in a range of styles, ranging from more ornate to completely unadorned. This type of brooch was worn between the fifth and seventh centuries, and has mainly been found in Anglian areas, such as East Anglia and the Midlands. Brooches could carry symbolic meanings, as well as being a visual marker of status and wealth.
Anglo-Saxon Bronze Cruciform Long Brooch
An Anglo-Saxon cruciform long brooch cast from bronze, featuring a trefoil head with short protruding knobs extending from the central square element. The single bow proceeds through a small arch, followed by a projecting rectangle, before tapering towards the slightly crescent shaped foot. Incised lines and spirals decorate the bow. The original pin would have sat between the two protrusions on the base of the brooch, but is now missing. This brooch was found in East Kent.
Provenance: Ex J.L collection, Surrey acquired from a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990s onward. East Nottinghamshire find. Ex JL Collection.
Condition: Fine condition, pin now missing and green and brown patination on the surface.