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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 5  1863  page 314

By JOHN BRENT, JUN., F.S.A.  continued

made apparently of ivory or bone; a bronze pin,1 of which the head is lost; a fossil echinus, the Spatangus cor-anguinim, polished, and evidently, deposited in the grave as a relic, ornament, or charm, and two Roman coins. The larger of these coins (as Mr. Faussett, the Honorary Secretary of our Society, to whom I have been indebted for many valuable suggestions, has informed me,) is a large brass of Aurelius; the smaller is too much obliterated to be easily deciphered.2
   I will now give a detailed description of the principal relics of this grave :—The Gold Pendants (Plate I., figs. 1—6).—These are thin circular plates of gold, stamped in patterns, and supplied with loops, also of gold, for suspension. They are of three sizes. The diameter of the largest is about 1 1/4 inch, and its weight 3 dwts. 3 grs.; of the smallest 1 1/8 inch, and 1 dwt. 21 grs.; the remaining four are alike in size, intermediate between these two, and weigh 2 dwts. 17 grs. They are of pure gold, and stamped 

 on one side only, the central ornament in them all being curious patterns of scrolled and interlaced figures,3 some of which are like attempts at emblematical designs,— rude hints, perhaps, afterwards improved by other northern and German nations, and ingrafted into those architectural designs which gave a new style to Europe.
1. [ This appears to be a large needle, broken at the eye.]
2. [ Conjectured by Mr. Vaux, of the British Museum, to be one
           of Tetricus.]
3. [ It will be observed in the very accurate illustrations which accompany this description, that three of these pendants are exactly alike, and evidently stamped by the same mould. It is curious to see that the loops of these three, though clearly attached after the stamping, are very nearly, though not quite, in the same position in each; near enough however, to shew that the figures are intended to be regarded with that point uppermost ( to shew it indeed more plainly for the slight difference as proving the loop to have been fixed be the eye and not be any merely mechanical arrangement). This gives us plainly a designed bottom and top to the group of figures, and, given a bottom and top, must we not suppose there to have been a meaning also?

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