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Silver Gothic Large Buckle with D-Shaped Plaque, 5th Century AD

Considered from the Merovingian period, this Gothic buckle has definite Roman styling and would have been worn by the higher status individual, possibly military due to its utilitarian rather than ornate design. There is one rivet left in place to the centre, sadly the others have corroded.

25.27g, 53mm x 30mm

Grade: Fine+, from an American collector, previously from the Mansees collection formed in the 1950's.

£40 (P&P FREE to all locations) 

Roman/Greek or Egyptian Miniature Votive Clay Lamp, 1st C BC-1st AD

This is a rare, beautiful little grey clay ceramic slipper-shaped oil lamp with decoration. Only 62mm long and 40mm wide. These votive pieces were never meant to be used, but were made or bought as a sacred object, as a devotional offering to a god or deity to gain favour or good luck. The object's subject would indicate it would be for a domestic transition. Probably Ancient Greek/Roman or Egyptian in origin, there is slight chipping to the spout area. 

 

£130 (P&P FREE to all locations) #660a

Roman/Greek or Egyptian Miniature Votive Clay Lamp, c1st C BC-1st AD

This is a rare, beautiful little dark clay ceramic slipper-shaped oil lamp with double wick spouts. Only 52mm long and 40mm wide. These votive pieces were never meant to be used (but this example does have soot), but were made or bought as a sacred object, as a devotional offering to a god or deity to gain favour or good luck. The object's subject would indicate it would be for a domestic transition. Probably Ancient Greek/Roman or Egyptian in origin. 

 

£120 #660b  SOLD

Medieval Knight's Heraldic Horse Harness Pendant,

14th-15thC, 'Brews Family'

A bronze harness pendant of four lobes with interstitial spurs and a attachment lug, the design is of a central square with lion passant and a group of three flowers in each lobe; possibly the arms of Thomas de Brews.

The reverse of the pendant is plain. 

Prov: Found Romney Marsh, Kent, UK

43mm, 13.6g

Ref: cf. Ashley, S., Medieval Horse Furniture in Norfolk, attributed here to the Brews or Neville family.

Grade: VF

RESERVED

£210 (P&P FREE to all locations)

Roman Bronze Engraved Ring, 3rd-4thC, Found Yorkshire

The engraving is home themed, with vases of plants and amphora(?). It comes with an old description which quotes that it was probably at one time tinned, a cheaper version than silver plating. 

The apterture is 19mm across and could be worn if wished.

Found in Yorkshire and came from the collection of Michael Green.

4.6g, external dimension 23mm, bezel 18.5mm wide.

 

 

 

£90 (P&P free to all locations)

15th Century Pilgrim's Badge Representing St. Leonard

He is depicted wearing vestments and holding fetters, as he was the patron of prisoners and pregnant women! His shrine was in France located at Noblat on the route to Compostella. Badges like this are found in Britain but are not common. 

The metal is probably a lead alloy and the similarly constructed pin is present. The head has been damaged in the past but re-attached. Due to its fragile nature, it will be supplied in a floating frame.

35mm x 15mm 

     

 SOLD

Roman Votive Object in the Form of a Roman Gladius (Short Sword),

1st Century AD

Although the connection with Roman soldiers is unproven, the shape of this amulet hints at a Roman short sword or gladius particularly the Pompeian type. Most have a hole for suspension, as does our example, and the fact that there is a wear line would indicate that it has been worn rather than attached like a mount. Being symmetrical would also indicate the use as a jewelry or amulet fixture. Its final use as a votive object is very likely. 

41mm x 9mm, copper alloy, dark patina.

£85 (P&P FREE to UK other locations please ask)

Roman Terracota Oil Lamp with Handle, AD 100-300

Authentic Roman oil lamp, ancient mould-made process from terracotta clay (looks more red in the hand). The condition is superb with no chips or cracks to the clay through use or during firing. Flat base.

9.4cm x 5.6cm, 60g

Prov: Ex Apollo auctions, London previously a London collection acquired in the 1980's.

 

£110 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Bronze Age, Terracotta Jar with Handle, Holy Land Region, c3000 BC

This beautiful little jug is considered to be from Hebron, being uncovered during archaeological excavations of the city. The majority of the city was destroyed by fire during the 17th century BC and indeed this little pot has one area that shows areas of scorching that would not come from if used for cooking. 15cm x 10cm, 350g

Prov: Ex Pax Romana auction, previously UK clergyman.

RESERVED

£150 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Bronze Age Terracotta Bottle, Holy Land, c1000-800BC

This beautiful little bottle was found in the Holy Land and been in a late Clergymen's family by descent since the 1980's.

 

Terracotta was a commonly used material in the Holy Land and was used for domestic equipment as it could be mass produced. Items such as oil lamps were made of the same material.

I will leave it to your imagination what this little bottle was used for but due to its size it was probably something of some rarity such as an expensive oil or medicine. 

 

There are some small pits in the surface which is common with hand thrown pots and the base is chipped, but it will stand on its own with care. 9cm high x 3.8cm.

 

£150 SOLD #650

Ancient Egyptian Blue-Glazed Shabti with Hieroglyphics, 525-332BC

The upper section of a green-blue shabti figure, with folded arms, holding crook and flail, wearing wig and false beard, the hieroglyphics runs down the front and back of the figure.

 

The base is missing and the broken base has been placed in foam to allow for display if you wish.

 

78mm high, 51g

 

Provenance: This piece has been the property of two London collections since the 70's. A specialist's report by Egyptologist Paul Whelan is supplied. 

The heiroglyphics on the front have been determined to be: 

'To illuminate, the Osiris....' this would have been followed by the name and possibly the title of the deceased on the now absent portion. On the back it reads 'True of voice(?), born to Ami-Tar(?) the mother's name being incomplete and difficult to decipher.

 

This wonderful Ancient Egyptian artifact is a true piece of history!

 

£300 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first) #658

 

Roman Silver Trumpet Whorl Brooch, 2nd-3rd century

A delightful silver openwork plate brooch with La Tene motifs of trumpets and curls. Pin (corroded as made from iron) present as is catchplate. Not wearable. 46mm, 8.99g 

Prov: Ex TimeLIne Auctions, previously a UK private collection. 

 

£160 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Roman, Enamelled Stag Brooch, Pin Missing, 2nd-3rd Century

This lovely example of an multicoloured, enamelled bronze stag brooch is unfortunately incomplete, but this doesn't detract from its beauty. 38mm x 35mm.

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£175 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Roman, Bronze, Enamelled Umbonate Disc Brooch, 2nd Century

A beautiful Roman disc brooch with three coloured enamelling, mostly intact, of red, blue and white triangles forming a sunburst pattern. 

There are four knops to the edges and one has a head loop that is unfortunately broken. Pin missing.

AVF

32mm x 27mm x 10mm

5.14g

Found Yorkshie. Ex TimeLine Auctions.

 

£130 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask first)

RARE Equal-Ended Roman Enamelled Bronze Plate Brooch, 2nd-3rdC AD

Only one other similar type found in the references, two conjoined openwork discs with central joining disc, flat faced. Red enamel remaining and threequarters of pin present, although bent. Further pictures on request. 

32mm x 13mm x 7mm.

                           

£60 SOLD 

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