Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

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Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

Post by R4RJB » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:40 pm

I found this cast lead alloy brooch a couple of days ago. Initially, I thought it wasn't of any significance and that it might be part of a child's toy or a badge from an old pram etc. After all, why would someone want to wear a heavy lead brooch? When I googled it though, I found similar brooches on the PAS website, that are recorded as medieval or early medieval. I would be grateful if anyone can let me know whether this really is an ancient item or something more modern.
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Size: 60mm diameter x 5.5mm thick. Weight: about 55 grams.
Evidence of missing pin bosses on reverse - one side is rusty

Ironically, I found the brooch about 4" down on the lawn in my garden although how it got there, I don't know. We live in a flat in a large house that was built in the 1890's, in the Surrey Hills. The garden is on a slope and hundreds of tons of soil were moved to create a terrace for the lawn. The brooch is unlikely to have been in the original position when it was discarded or lost.

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Re: Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

Post by beaubrummell » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:14 pm

Looks a lot like an Anglo Saxon pin brooch to me but I'm usually wrong. See attached link. ::g

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Re: Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

Post by Allectus » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:15 pm

Modern harness mount. ;;z

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Re: Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

Post by Allectus » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:07 pm

A bit earlier than I thought.... A very similar one on UKDFD is dated 18th Century. ::g

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Re: Lead Alloy Disk Brooch ID

Post by R4RJB » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:36 am

Thanks for your comments. I agree that it's probably a horse brooch although I hadn't thought of this until Allectus pointed it out. There is a similar one here: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/920077 Picture below:
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(Copyright: Surrey CC)
Date from: Circa AD 1600 to 1850

Interestingly, whilst both items are of a similar size, mine weighs twice as much so it's possibly just lead rather than an alloy.
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