Lot 36: Roman Gold Inscribed Crossbow Brooch
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4th century AD. A hollow-formed gold crossbow brooch with three faceted onion-shaped knops, beaded wire collars, hexagonal-section crossbar with slot for the hinged pin, pierced scrolls to the upper face; deep bow with chamfered sides, band of niello-filled triangles to the upper face, D-section rectangular footplate with chamfered sides, reserved volute scrolls, continuation of the niello-filled triangles; lateral slot to the underside; niello-filled insriptions 'VTRFEL' (UT[E]R[E] FEL[IX] 'use [this] with happiness'; VOTAVRPEC (perhaps AURUM 'gold' and PEC[UNIA] 'wealth'"). Cf. Hattatt, R. Iron Age and Roman Brooches, Oxford, 1985, item 505. 24 grams, 63mm (2 1/2"). Property of a private collector; acquired before 1975. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.
Condition Report: Very fine condition, pin absent.