This is a nice ancient Iron Age copper brooch, dating to the 4th - 2nd century BC. It is intact with the original sprung pin, but missing the very tip of the catchplate where it curls over and wound have formed a wire that wrapped around the foot. However, the pin is still springy and the copper has a light green encrusted patina. The form is classed as a La Tene IB type, Cf Hattatt, R, 2007, A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches, Oxbow Books, Oxford p 288. See also GLO-7AADED, BERK-2CB3A9, SF-FA2893 for comparison and further reading.
OBJECT: Clothing Toggle
CULTURE: Iron Age, Celtic
DATE: c. 4th - 2nd century BC.
SIZE: 39.83mm x 22.87mm x 14.80mm
WEIGHT: 8.60 grams
PROVENANCE: formerly in a private collection, Colchester. Essex.
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