In Middle Ages Europe, the wearing of brooch was very fashionable, with the buckle pinned at the neck as a fastener. Brooches of annular form were used by both men and women from the 12th century onwards, becoming extremely popular during the 13th and 14th centuries. Usually they were made of bronze or silver, and in some cases even gold.
Late Medieval Silver Annular Brooch
A silver-gilt annular brooch from the Late Medieval Period featuring a free moving pin connected by a loop at one end. The frame is decorated with a geometric motif of curves. Brooches of this type have been recovered since Anglo-Saxon times, and, owing to their simplicity and ease of use, remained commonplace until at least 1400 AD.
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; acquired on the UK and European art markets between 1986 and 1994.
Condition: Extremely fine, with some loss of gilding.