Early Roman Bronze Brooch
SOLD: January 20,
DESCRIPTION: Intact. A Roman bronze fibula
of the "Kraftig-profilierte" type. The long bow has a three-stepped circular boss at mid-point. The foot terminates
in an acorn-shaped projection. The head is of roughly triangular form. The spring and pin intact. Deep dark green patination
over the entire surface. An excellent example of the type.
PROVENANCE: Ex East Coast US private collection.
Bayley & Sarnia Butcher, Roman Brooches in Britain: A Technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough
Collection, The Society of Antiquaries of London, 2004, page 148 for a discussion of the type, which is originally Pannonian
and probably spread with the Roman army.