Take a look at some amazing Anglo-Saxon jewelry, found at Beeston Tor, dating back to circa 875 CE.(read more)
Silver openwork disc brooch
Silver sheet disc brooch made around 875CE and found at Beeston Tor, Manifold Valley. It was amongst a hoard of coins and jewellery discovered in a cave at Beeston Tor in 1924 by Reverend GH Wilson. Lent by the Trustees of the British Museum.
This silver brooch is decorated with patterns of interconnecting geometric shapes pinned by raised bosses (one is missing), with additional decoration in Celtic style patterns on the field against a nielloed ground made by alloying the silver and sulphur. A row of dots of silver surround the disc.
Brooches like this are described as having Trewhiddle decoration after the place in Cornwall where the style was first identified.
Beeston Tor is also known as St. Bertram's Cave. It has been suggested that the hoard may have been hidden here when a Viking army over-wintered nearby at Repton in around 873 or 874CE.
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)