A pennanular brooch. The ring is of circular cross-section flattened above and below. The terminals are folded back at right angles to the plane of the ring. Each terminal is notched in the centre of its fold line. On the right-hand terminal the line of this notch is continued to cross, a fraction below its centre, the incised saltire decoration and temrinates at the transverse grooving which precedes slight irregular markings at the end of the terminal. On the left-hand terminal tthe line of the notch is continued a shorter distance and terminates before the incised saltire; there is no transverse moulding here but two incised lines form a sideways V-ornament at the end of the terminal. The ring of the brooch is ornamented on the upper side only with irregular groups of incised lines, sometimes slanted and occasionally formed into a cross by a reverse slant line; groups are separated nu plain panels. The narrow straight pin is extant. This brooch is possibly 2nd to 4th century.


  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: Roman
  • Location: Portchester Castle
  • Type: Brooch
  • Original Source: PORTCHESTER CASTLE
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Copper alloy

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