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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 69  1955  page 30


   A silver-gilt circular brooch (Pl. XII, No. 24 A) at the left-hand side of the skull The iron pin has corroded but the hinge and catch-plates remain. The brooch is decorated in chip-carving technique with niello inlay around the edge. There are three keystone-shaped settings of garnet underlain by gold foil, and a central circular setting of garnet cut "en cabochon" , also underlain by gold foil.
   A circular brooch (Pl. XII, No. 2B) identical to the one above, over the chest Attached to the silver hinge-plate is a silver wire anchor for a length of silver chain. Each link of this chain is a separate piece of wire, looped and doubled to attach it to its adjacent link1 The silver chain was threaded through a single melon bead of vitreous
blue paste (Fig. 11, No. 2).
   A silver-gilt square-headed brooch (Pl, XII, No.1A) at the pelvis, head pointing towards the right elbow. The iron pin has corroded but the hinge and catch-plates of silver remain. Only slight traces of the gilding can be traced. The brooch is decorated in finely executed chip-carving technique, with a liberal use of zig-zag niello inlay and beading of the ridges; there are cloisonné set garnets underlain by gold foil on the head, bow and foot. The head-plate has a rectangular cell at each corner; three of these are set with garnet but the underlay from the cell in the top left-hand corner is missing. The upper border of the head-plate is decorated in openwork style with truncated triangles surmounted by part-circles. The centre of the plate 

has a mask of two eyes in Style 1, grouped around a rectangular cell set with garnet, with elliptical settings of garnet radiating from each corner. The garnet of the central rectangular cell is incised with a circular cut into which has been inlaid a flat strip of gold foil. The bow of the brooch is bordered by zig-zag niello inlay. The central channel of the bow has walls 1/8 in. high and is divided into nine cells with gold walls, inlaid with garnet. The cutting and inlay technique is good. The undivided foot-plate is flanked on its upper sides by two animals in Style 1, heads downwards, and on its lower, by two long serpent heads with collars. There are two triangular, one diamond and one tear drop-shaped settings of garnet, all underlain with gold foil. The last mentioned setting is inscised and inlaid in the same manner as the central rectangular setting of the head-plate. The lower part of the foot-plate was surrounded by a piece of beaded wire (not illustrated) which had been attached by solder. The brooch was well worn when it was buried and the garnet from the top left-hand cell had been missing for some time causing undue compression and wear of the corner of the empty cell.
   A silver-gilt square-headed brooch (Pl. XII, No.1B) almost identical to

1. For similarly constructed chain see J. Akerman, Remains of Pagan Saxondom, Pl. I, from a barrow at Devizes; and J. De Baye, Anglo-Saxon Industry, p. 44, Fig. 9, from Faversham.

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