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. The brooch itself can take many different forms and decorations, the trumpet brooch, such as this fine example, displays a decorative knob half way between the leg and upper bow, the head of the brooch is also slightly enlarged to hide the spring to give a neat appearance.
Romano-Celtic Bronze Trumpet Brooch
A very fine Romano-Celtic trumpet brooch cast from bronze featuring a long and narrow arched body. The pin is attached by a spring at the head of the bow and sits in the pin catch, now fixed. The body is decorated with a knob consisting of a zig-zag pattern and horizontal ridges above and below.
Provenance: Ex Alison Barker, deceased collection, acquired in 1970.
Condition: Very fine condition, shiny patia covers the surface.