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.
Medieval Annular Brooch with Original Pin
An incredibly fine Medieval good-sized silver circular brooch, featuring a free-moving central pin, looped at one end. The brooch appears modelled from two twisted wires of gilt silver. Each wire is further embellished by a series of moulded dots. 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.
Condition: Extremely fine, with original gilding still visible.