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Brooch: M.2-1904

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The front is made of gold plates and the disc at the back of silver. Front: in the centre is a high boss. Round it are four equidistant sockets and between these a cruciform design of garnets on concentric circles. Back: round the edge a band of zoomorphic pattern, similar to that on the back of the Crundale Buckle in the British Musem. The hinge and socket of pin extant.


History note: Excavated in the 19th century from a cemetery at the King's Field, Faversham, Kent; Kennard Collection.

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F. McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


Mid 6th century
Circa 540 - 560


The question whether this Kentish jewellery of the 6th century is Jutish or British is still not conclusively answered.

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Components of the work

Front composed of gold ( plates)
Gems composed of garnet
Cloisons composed of copper alloy
Disc At Back composed of silver
Rim Thickness 1.1 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1904
Primary reference Number: 118985
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 25 February 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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