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Lot 184: Roman Crossbow Brooch

Antiquities: Day 1

by TimeLine Auctions

December 6, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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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.

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