Brooches are a common find on Roman sites and are one of the most popular Roman antiquities for sale to collectors. They can all be dated due to changes in fashion and thus types of brooches through Roman history. In Britain, their appearance in the archaeological record allows us to trace the spread of the Roman army and culture after the invasion in 43 AD.
In the 2nd century AD a variety of new brooch types arose which included plate brooches like this example. Where Bow brooches had a simple functional purpose, plate brooches had a far more decorative role, in some ways resembling modern badges. It is therefore believed that they would have been worn by the wealthier parts of society who wore finer and more expensive clothing.
Condition: Well preserved bronze with original hinged pin. Unusually for this type, some blue enamel survives.
Dimensions: Length 7cm approx.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction.