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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £180

Iron Age Massive Italic Bow Brooch

8th-5th century BC

A very large bronze brooch comprising a square-section bow with two coils attached to a round-section arm with spiral ribbing to the head, bulbous collar, s-curved catch and discoid plaque to the foot. 172 grams, 25.5cm (10"). Fine condition, repaired.

Provenance
Formerly in the Chris Rudd collection, Norfolk, UK; formed since the 1970s; collection number E1; formerly in the Fabulous Fibulas collection, Southern UK; formed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Literature
Cf. Hattatt, R. Ancient and Romano-British Brooches, Sherborne, 1982, item 197.

Footnotes
Chris Rudd has collected ancient coins and antiquities since the 1940s. As an amateur archaeologist he found many himself at Badbury Rings, Dorset, 1952-53. He also dug at Hod Hill with Professor Sir Ian Richmond and at Wroxeter with Dame Kathleen Kenyon and Dr Graham Webster. Today he is best known as a Celtic coin dealer. His catalogues have been described as ‘an important research source’ by Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe and ‘treasure houses of delight’ by Dr Anne Ross. Coins and artefacts associated with Chris Rudd – as a collector, dealer and valuer – can be seen in The British Museum and other museums. This collection was formed since the 1970s.