Romano-British Silver Openwork Celtic Trumpet Brooch


A Romano-British silver symmetrical openwork trumpet brooch. The body curls into a S-shape which is continually connected and indented on both ends. The intricate form of this brooch is reminiscent of the Celtic trumpet fibulae. The reverse features only the remains of the hinge and catch plate, unfortunately the pin and remainder of the hinge are missing.

Date: Circa AD 150-225
Condition: Fine condition, some scratchings to surface. However, pin and hinge now missing..


SKU: HB-12 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 of this variety fall within the ‘openwork non-enamelled’ type. Dating between AD 150 -225, these Roman-period brooches are mainly characterised by Celtic traditional motifs with different levels of elaboration. They appear to have been developed in the central European provinces of the Empire, specifically around Germany and Pannonia, with only a few examples recovered in Britain or Gaul.

Weight 16.1 g
Dimensions L 4.7 x W 3.9 x H 1.3 cm





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