Lot 184: Roman Crossbow Brooch
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4th century AD. A silver bow brooch of crossbow type with hexagonal-section hollow crossbar and hinged pin, three knops with flared base and beaded wire fillets, deep trapezoidal-section bow with ribbed lower end and beaded wire fillet, rectangular footplate with chamfered sides; the bow and footplate with median band of punched triangles; the catch a mechanism housed within the hollow footplate. Cf. Heynowski, R. Bestimmungsbuch Archaeologie: Fibeln, Munich, 2012, item 4.4.4. 35 grams, 68mm (2 1/2"). From an important collection of jewellery formed over 40 years by a German collector.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.