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 Domed Brooch with Maker’s Mark
A fine silver-gilt circular domed brooch from the Late Medieval period featuring a free moving central pin. The pin is tapered to a point with the other end attached through a pierced hole to the side of the brooch. Some dark patination is present to the surface. The underneath of the brooch is marked with the initials M.B, possibly the maker’s mark.This idea of adding the makers mark was introduced to England in the second half of the 14th century after mirroring the concept from France.
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; acquired on the UK and European art markets between 1986 and 1994.
Condition: Fine condition, some patination to the surface and loss of gilding.