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LOT 0523

GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 670 - 900
USD ($) 760 - 1,010

Sold for: £750
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Anglo-Saxon Gilt Annular Brooch

6th century AD

An exceptional parcel-gilt bronze annular brooch formed with a slightly convex underside, flat upper face with recessed crescent, hole for an iron pin and corresponding notch to the opposite edge; within the recessed crescent a running guilloche band with three-pronged finial. 13.71 grams, 45mm (1 3/4"). Fine condition. Rare.

Found in Oxfordshire, UK, in 1984; accompanied by an old collector's cataloguing sheet.
Cf. MacGregor, A. and Bolick, E., A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, item 10.5.
Although described as a 'quoit' brooch in the accompanying dealer's listing, this is a fine example of a classic annular brooch with gilt decoration and notch to accept the pin. Its preservation and gilt decoration are exceptional for the type, the majority of which are flat discs with simple punched bosses to the rim. The quality and regularity of the ornament indicate the workmanship of a skilled craftsman.