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Fibula

Object Number: 
INV.12835
Date: 
1790-1890
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 in. ( 3.5 x 10.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Metal fibula with acus coiled to form a spring at one end, extending back to form ribbed bow with a large, flat pansy-shaped catch plate with old coin set in the center.
Gallery Label: 
Fibulae are a type of ancient safety pin style garment fastener brooch. They were used to secure togas at the shoulder in ancient times; after the Roman invasion of what is now England, the Roman Saxons and later the Celts adopted their use. This fibula was made during one of the ancient- and/or Celtic-revival periods of the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group