Romano-British Bronze Headstud-Type Brooch


A Romano-British bronze large Headstud type brooch featuring a flat, rectangular-sectioned bow, arched into a D-shaped profile and terminating into a rounded foot. Towards the head, the bow presents a pronounced circular stud, characteristic of this brooch category. The flanged wings extend forward into a flat plate, marked by a central horizontal band with a decorative cavetto pattern. Attached to it, the integrally cast chain hoop remains intact. The piece presents an intact hinged mechanism; the pin itself is circular and narrows to a point, which rests within a triangular, undecorated catch plate.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (D.G.), purchased on the London Art market from ADA member, 1990s - onwards.
Condition: Fine condition. Signs of wear consistent with age; green patination on the surface. The original pin is intact and retains limited mobility.

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SKU: MG-263 Category: Tag:

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, precious metals such as gold have been used, owned by those of a higher status to demonstrate their wealth and power.

Brooches as this fine example fall within the ‘Headstud’ type, a broad category attesting the many and imaginative forms of Romano-British brooches. The stud that names this group is placed on top of the bow and can assume different forms: from a simple moulded decoration, as seen on this fine piece, to crests and enamelled cells.

Weight 26.9 g
Dimensions L 8 x W 2.5 cm




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