Brooch, Berscar

Berscar, Closeburn.
Found while metal detecting in 1990, this is an early Roman fibula or brooch fastening with its pin missing. there is a distinct two prong detail at the end of the bow, and a prominent coiled spring and wire mechanism across the top.   Roman decorative pieces    Copper alloy objects were often tinned or silvered. Tinning simply requires the object to be dipped in molten tin, while silvering was achieved by beating out silver foil and attaching it to the object with lead/tin solder.   Tinning was used for helmets, scabbard and belt fittings, cavalry harness and even armour. Silvering was used on cavalry equipment. Dagger sheaths were sometimes decorated with silver, brass or gold inlays. From the second century AD onwards enamel inlay became popular.
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max - length: 41 mm width (hinge): 29 mm depth: 18 mm weight: 15.76 grams
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Berscar, Closeburn.
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