Copper alloy brooch. Gilded; tinned, with glass inset also 668.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.

Copper alloy brooch. Gilded; tinned, with glass inset also 668.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.

Copper alloy and glass brooch

Roman, 3rd or 4th century AD

Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section at Victoria Road, Winchester in the mid- to late 1970s

This brass brooch has been decorated with punched double rings and S-shaped motifs. It is also tinned on the reverse and gilded on the outer face, and the central stone is of black glass. When offered for sale it would have appeared to be of silver and gold with a jet setting.

The brooch was discovered amongst the debris from a smith's workshop, and, as the pin is missing, it is possible that it had been brought for repair or even to be scrapped and used to make something new.

Copper alloy brooch. Gilded; tinned, with glass inset also 668.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.