Kentish disc brooch
online resourceposted on 26.10.2021, 15:11 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Silver gilt circular brooch, (Leeds Class Ib). Diam. 4.1 cm. Large central circular cell contains a flat disc of white paste(?), and set in top, a circular flat garnet in a beaded collar. Three radiating wedge-shaped garnets touching central cell, and between them and nearer edge, 3 elongated wedge-shaped garnets, all in cast cells and all set on chequered gold foil. Flanking the subsidiary garnets are outward-facing semicircular 'heads', linked below cells by single line. Around the whole a nicked ridge, inside a flat rim with double row of triangles originally niello-filled but most niello now gone, and outside again the rim of the brooch is beaded to simulate a beaded wire collar. Edge rather worn. On back usual simple pin-catch and attachment for missing pin.