Bronze Romano-Celtic Trumpet Brooch


A large and heavy Romano-Celtic trumpet brooch cast from bronze, featuring a long and narrow arched body, fitted with a straight leg and moulded foot-knob. The body is richly decorated with acanthus at the centre adjoined by knurled cross-ribs from above and below. The simple head widens horizontally and is fitted with a rim, to the reverse the original hinge and pin are attached to the head of the bow. However, the pin is chipped halfway and retains no mobility.

Date: Circa 1st - 2nd century AD
Condition: Fine condition, chipped pin, patination covers surface.

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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. Most pins were produced from bronze or iron however, those of a higher status used precious metals such as gold to demonstrate their wealth and power. The brooch itself can take many different forms and decorations, the trumpet brooch, such as this fine example, displays a decorative knob half way between the leg and upper bow, the head of the brooch is also enlarged to hide the spring and give a neat appearance.

Weight 29.4 g
Dimensions L 5.6 x W 4.3 cm




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