Dating from the 13th - 15th century, these lovely little penannular brooches were worn to secure thin clothed clothing (typically underclothes) well into the 15th century. The wire-like construction of these brooches made it difficult for them to hold any ornamentation, although in this piece, the flat-sectioned body of the brooch retains its scrolled finials, reminiscent of Saxon or Viking penannular brooches.
Displaying an unusual saw-tooth decoration, the brooch is cast in bronze and measures c. 30mm in diameter.
DECORATED MEDIEVAL PENANNULAR BROOCH
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market in 2017. Previously the property of an Essex gentleman.