BL 1. Gilt Silver Frankish Bow Brooch ca. 5th-6th Cent. AD.
A sumptuous Merovingian Brooch in superb condition. These were worn in pairs to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were symbols of status in Germanic Culture. Highly detailed with niello decoration and a beast head terminal. Iron pin and catch plate still intact. 2.5″ in length. Finely wrought by a Germanic Silver Smith for a wealthy woman. The Franks were a fierce tribe and early champions of Catholic Christianity while their barbarian cousins were steadfast Arian (see heresy of Arius) Christians. This was due to their great King Clovis’ conversion at Rheims in 496. The Franks were the most successful of the Germanic Kingdoms and the only one to survive and become a modern nation state. Detailed provenance unknown but certainly France or Western Germany. $1650.00
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MS 1. Anglo Saxon Shield Boss ca. 6th-7th Cent. AD.
This early Saxon piece is in remarkable condition and has only minor restoration. These are also referred to as an “Umbo” in some reference books. This was the central part of a warriors’ round shield and was designed to protect the hand. Note the intact rivets. Classic Germanic Migration Age pattern. Provenance of Southern England. This is the exact same type as shown on page 210, fig. 214a, of “Die Alamannen” by Theiss, 2001. $950.00
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