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LOT 1567

Estimate
GBP (£) 100 - 140
EUR (€) 110 - 160
USD ($) 110 - 150

Price
£80 (EUR 90; USD 87) (+bp*)

MEROVINGIAN LETTERED OPENWORK PLATE BROOCH
6TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
1 7/8 in. (15.6 grams, 43 mm).

A rectangular brooch decorated with punched ring-and-dot motifs and openwork lettering, hinged pin and catch to reverse.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1970s-1980s.
Ex UK collection.
Property of a Portsmouth, UK gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf.Various, Die Franken, Wegbereiter Europas, Mainz, 1996, pp.29, 292.

FOOTNOTES:
The item was probably part of a Merovingian belt fitting, later transformed in brooch with the application of the pin and catch.

CONDITION