Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu

To be Sold on: 18th June 2019

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

A medieval gold hoop brooch, early-mid 13th century, the obverse with engraved chevron decoration, the reserve inscribed ‘AVE NARIA GRA’ (sic) in Lombardic capitals, each letter within an indented rectangular panel, diameter 15mm. £2,000-£3,000

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A medieval gold hoop brooch, early-mid 13th century, the obverse with engraved chevron decoration, the reserve inscribed ‘AVE NARIA GRA’ (sic) in Lombardic capitals, each letter within an indented rectangular panel, diameter 15mm. £2,000-£3,000
This piece was discovered in Lincolnshire. It is recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, ref: NLM-B0D659 and has been disclaimed as treasure, ref: 2018-T548.

The inscription is a reduction of ‘Ave Maria gratia plena’ - Hail Mary full of grace, a popular medieval inscription. In this case, its position on the reverse of the brooch indicates a private rather than public expression of devotion.

Condition Report

In good condition, with general light surface wear. Note the spelling error to the inscription. The lettering would have likely originally been inlaid with niello or a dark enamel, but none of this remains. Gross weight 1.4gm.