Romano Celtic Brooches


Two fine Roman-Celtic brooches, both cast from bronze. Each brooch is composed of a circular body, with flattened, spiral terminals. A free-moving central pin is attached to the body via another loop. The pin is reasonably straight, tapering slightly to a point. Brooches like this one were widely popular, thanks to their simplicity and ease of use, remaining commonplace until the Late Medieval period. Both display some green and red patination to their surface.


Date: Circa 1st century BC - 1st century AD
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward.
Condition: Good condition, slight green patination.
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Brooches were a necessary accessory across the ancient world, being used to secure the garments of both men and women. A man would typically secure his dress or cloak using a pin, whilst a lady would more likely use a pin brooch. Brooches differ in their decoration and intricacy depending on the wealth of the original owner, and the period in which they were made. Some later brooches are made from silver or gold and clad with stones, whilst others are plainer and made from cast bronze. Brooches could also be enamelled to add colour and vibrancy to the wearer’s clothes.


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Reference: For a similar item see: The British Museum,1989,0601.88