The following brooches down to and including Brooch 13 had the axis
bar of the separately made springs passing through the lower of two
holes in a plate projecting behind the head of the bow, the chord passing
through the upper.
7 sf. 300 This is the one kind
of Colchester Derivative found in the King Harry Lane cemetery: G.316.4,
Phase 3. The lower bow and catch-plate of a brooch, the central face
of which has a line of rocker-arm down it. The solid catch-plate has
|The bottom 30mm of the bow
of a Colchester derivative brooch which has a flat back and a
broad central rib with concave sides. The central rib has a line
of rocker-arm running down the lower 15mm and the outer edges
have an incised line which extends 20mm up the bow and then stops.
There is a deep unperforated catch-plate extending 12 mm up the
bow which has a catch-groove finish-formed by filing with a round
file 2.5mm in diameter.
8 sf. 99 The lower bow of a brooch
very similar to the last too damaged for it to be definitely ascribed
to the same family.
|The lower part of the bow
and the catch-plate of a brooch. The fragment swells out slightly
at the lower end. The catch-plate is unperforated and extends
20mm up the oval section bow. The catch-groove appears to have
been filed. Possibly the end of a Colchester B type brooch.
Both members of the Harlow type which a recent review has shown runs
from just before the conquest to about 75/80 (Mackreth 1996,306-313,
9 sf. 299 The wings are plain and
join the edges of the bow which has a step above them and a strongly projecting
central face. The lower bow, with the catch-plate, is missing.
|The top part of a Colchester
two-piece type brooch which originally had a spring of eight coils,
only four of which remain. The axis bar is of copper alloy and
there is a round topped crest which extends the length of the
remaining part of the brooch, vestigial of the hook on the Colchester
one-piece type. 50-80AD.
10 sf. 275 The lower bow of a
brooch similar to either Brooch 8 or 9.
|The bottom part of a bow with
a round topped central rib having a cavetto moulding on each side.
The bow tapers to a blunt point with no foot knob and a there
is a plain catch-plate which extends 17mm up the bow.
The lower bow constituting Brooch 10 is related to Brooch 9 on the
section alone: there is no guarantee that the upper bow would have been
the same. That being so, neither belongs to a properly isolated group
of Colchester Derivatives and all that can be offered here is the general
date range of the later 1st century to the third quarter of the 2nd.
11 sf. 212 The plate behind
the head is more or less a direct continuation of the top of the bow.
Both wings and bow are plain. The solid catch-plate has a line of rocker-arm
ornament along the junction with the bow and another across the top.
|A small Colchester type two-piece
brooch of length 36mm with fairly long wings (6mm), typical of
its type. The spring and pin are missing but for a stub of chord
passing through a hole in the top of the lug. There is no trace
of rust in the axis bar hole which suggests the use of a copper
alloy axis bar. The top of the bow is humped but there is no sign
of the usual distinctive crest on this example. The bow is undecorated
except for a row of rocker-arm along the junction of bow and catch-plate
on the inside of the catch-plate only. The very large unperforated
catch-plate extends 19mm up the bow. 50-75AD.
12 sf. 174 The plate behind the
head of the bow runs over the top to form a short crest, otherwise the
wings and bow are plain.
|A small Colchester two-piece
type brooch of length 30mm, very similar in design to No. 11.
The pin and spring are missing but for a stub of chord in the
top of the lug. The patination colour of this stub of chord is
much darker than that of the body of the brooch which suggests
that a different formulation of alloy was used for the spring
gear. There is no trace of rust in the axis bar hole which would
perhaps indicate the use of a copper alloy axis bar. The top of
the bow has a square section crest, vestigial of the hook on the
Colchester one-piece type. The bow is of round facetted section
with an unperforated catch-plate, less heavy than No. 11. 50-75AD.
Brooch 11 is a member of a highly distinctive group which tends to have
very narrow bows and the same layout of holes in the plate behind the
head of the bow and this is the feature of Brooch 12 which associates
the two. The other characteristic of the main group is the absence of
decoration except on the catch-plate, that on Brooch 11 being typical.
The group is centred on the south-west part of Northamptonshire and
the areas around. The area of distribution is fairly restricted which
means that few have been published. The available dating is: Bancroft
Mausoleum, 1/25-50 (Mackreth 1994, 9, fig.131,9); Quinton, 50-60 (Friendship-Taylor
1979, 135, fig.63,471); Bancroft villa, late 3rd-early to mid-4th century
(Mackreth 1994, 298, fig.135,41). This spread of dates should mean that
the brooch belongs at least to the 3rd quarter of the 1st century, the
last example obviously being residual in its context.
13 sf. 278 There is a skeuomorph
of the Colchester's hook. The surviving wing is very small and plain.
The broad bow has a groove down each side and a curved face between
with lightly marked cross-cuts. The lower bow is missing.
|The head of a large Colchester
two-piece type brooch with eight coils and a copper alloy axis
bar. The bow is broad and flattish with a marginal rib on either
side of a broad convex moulding. The top of the bow has a square
topped crest tapering to a point vestigial of the hook on the
Colchester one-piece type. Below the crest the central moulding
has a series of seven fine lateral lines cut across it. The spring
gear is set towards the face of the bow and the short (4mm), plain
wings are moulded fully below the axis of the spring. The result
is that the spring gear would have been highly visible when the
brooch was in use. 50-80AD.
Again not a member of an established group, but whose prominent imitation
of the hook on the Colchester should indicate a 1st century date rather
than one entirely in the 2nd.
14 sf. 330 The axis bar of the
wire pin was inserted in a slot in the back of the wings which were
then closed round it. The pin is of wire wound round the axis bar. Each
wing has a sunken moulding at its end. The bow has an elongated triangular
boss at its head with a line of cross-cuts on each side. The rest of
the bow is plain and tapers down to a cross-moulding above a conical
|A small brooch of length 32mm.
The pin is missing but a remnant remains hinged on an iron axis
bar in long slender wings, the tips of which are decorated with
an incised line. The tapering bow of flattish section, has a lateral
rib at the junction with the head. Beneath this, the top third
of the bow is decorated with a convex triangular moulding vestigial
of the Dolphin type's hump. The ribs which define this feature
are knurled and carry traces of gilding. The bottom of the bow
returns forward, swelling out to form a foot which is accentuated
by a fairly deep, thin lateral rib above. A very deep unperforated
catch-plate extends 17mm up the bar and has traces of gilding
on the catch side. 50-150AD.
An example of one design in a group of brooches employing a few motifs
to great effect amongst which the lower bow can be a fantail, with ring-and-dot
ornament, and the upper bow can have a beaded central ridge. However,
the foot, when not a fantail, and the wings are typical. The manner
of holding the pin is also typical ranging from several turns of the
wire down to a proper hinged pin. It might be suspected that the latter
are the latest form. The family has recently been reviewed (Mackreth
1996, 301, fig.93,9-11) and the few that have been published from dated
context indicate a range from the 1st to the mid-late 2nd century.
15 sf. 78 Each wing is short and
has a sunken moulding at its end. Only the top of the bow survives.
It has a square top on which is the base of a cast-on loop and two elongated
rectangular cells for enamel, now missing.
|A portion of a brooch consisting
of fairly short tubular moulded wings containing an iron axis
bar and the remains of the hinged pin. Each wing tip has a single
forward facing moulding 1mm wide. A broken, seemingly plain chain
loop, rises from the top of the bow. After a sharp downturn, the
bow tapers and has two empty rectangular enamel panels between
1 lateral and 3 longitudinal ribs. This bow type with hinged pin
and chain loop is the most common arrangement for this class of
Lower Severn type T-shaped brooch. As the name suggests, this
type is concentrated around the Lower Severn area with only eight
percent scattered beyond neighbouring counties. Probably Hull's
type 111. 50-150AD
An example of an uncommon group which can have either the hinged pin,
as here, or the Polden Hill spring system in which the spring is mounted
between pierced plates at the ends of the wings. The rest of the brooch
would have had mouldings just below the enamelled part and would then
have tapered to a decorative foot. The type is found mainly in the South
West, but spreads up the Severn Valley and out towards the East as far
as this site and others in the same general zone. The dating is mainly
2nd century, most being lost before 175.
16 sf. 62 Iron. The bow has a
narrow section, probably rounded, its top expanding to be rolled over
to hold the axis bar of the pin.
|A large, iron brooch of length
66mm. The spring arrangement is uncertain although the brooch
seems to have short wings with no obvious chord or hook. There
are perhaps three coils on each side of the spring. The heavy
bow is of round section and sweeps to the foot in one continuous
curve. The catch-plate remnant extends 20mm up the length of the
bow and appears likely to have been perforated.
Iron brooches were much more common before the conquest after which
they become a rarity, except for those like this one which are poorly
dated. The odd feature here is that the head is rolled-over for the
axis bar of the pin and this should be a guarantee of a post-conquest
date. The dating favours the second half of the 1st century, but there
are signs that some were being consigned to the ground in the early
17 sf. 185 The head is lost. The
bow is almost straight sided with a triangular back, a step on each
side of the front whose main face is curved. Just above the square foot
are two groups of cross-cuts. The catch-plate is largely missing, but
had a flange across the top and at least two circular holes.
|A fragment of an oval section
bow of a large, heavy brooch. The bow has a convex moulding which
covers most of its width with just a slight marginal rib down
each side. Four lateral grooves are cut across the bar just above
the foot and another group of six thinner grooves are cut across
15mm further up. Part of a heavy gauge catch-plate remains with
a large decorative perforation consisting of two round holes linked
and extended by a long perforation which curves towards the bow.
The foot of the bow and catch-plate are cut off squarely.
18 sf. 173 Only the foot of the
bow with most of the catch-plate is present. The very thin bow has two
large nicks at its foot.
|A large unperforated catch-plate
and the bottom of a very thin bow which is insufficient for certain
classification. The whole is undecorated except for two notches
near the foot of the bow. A thin bar like this example is seen
on La Tène III type brooches such as No. 36.
Brooch 17 is a Colchester Derivative, the other is assumed to have been
one. There are no obvious associations for the first, but the flange
across the top of the catch-plate, coupled with the presence of at least
three circular holes, points to a date in the first two decades after
the conquest. There is little to say about Brooch 18, the nicks in the
foot may indicate a later 1st into the 2nd century date.