Lot 969: Anglo-Saxon Cruciform Brooch with Horse-Head Finial
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 6th century AD. A large bronze cruciform brooch of Little Wilbraham type, comprising a trapezoidal headplate with expanding lateral wings, integral D-section collar and knop above; deep keeled bow with chamfered ends; narrow footplate with D-section collar and horse-head finial with two round-section posts for the eyes, disc nostrils and crescentic muzzle between; rows of punched crescents to the edges of the headplate and wings; pierced lug to the reverse of the headplate and catchplate below; ferrous residue to the surface, possibly from the iron pin. Cf. West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998, plate 147, items 12, 15. 69 grams, 13cm (5"). Found Hertfordshire, UK.
Condition Report: Fine condition; pin absent.