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.