19 sf. 273 The axis bar of the hinged pin was housed in a semi-circular projection across the back of the wings, the front of each of which steps up to the bow. On the head are the remains of a cast-on loop. The stud has an annular groove around a small boss. The face of the bow beneath the stud once had a groove down each side and a line of reserved lozenges between two longitudinal cells for enamel, now missing, stopped at the bottom by two cross-mouldings which are separated from the two-part foot-knob by a flute.
At home all over England south of the Dee-Humber line, very few come
from further north. The dating is weak: Doncaster, 80-90 (Buckland and
Magilton 1985, 88, fig.19,13); Nettleton, Wilts, later 1st into 2nd
century (Wedlake 1982, 128, fig.53,61); Worcester residual in an early-mid
3rd century deposit (Mackreth 1992, 75, fig.38,1). Any from 4th century
contexts have been omitted. The dating favours the later 1st century
into the 2nd. The absence of a strong presence along Hadrian's Wall
may show that this variety had largely passed out of use by, say, 125,
rather than the marketing by the manufacturers was fallible, after all
the spread of examples is far too wide for that to have been the case.