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This penannular brooch is practical, functional and beautiful. These pins/brooches are strong and made to be used. The pin should be positioned so it sits on the loop: held in position by the pull of the fabric through which it passes. Brooches initially developed from the Roman clasp or fibula. In the severe climate of northern Europe, the brooch became the typical ornament of the era, because it normally functioned as a fastening for a heavy tunic or cloak.
Don't mistake this for just a piece of jewellery: it was a vital piece of kit. It could turn a blanket into a garment, and in a society where cloth was expensive, brooches enabled ordinary folk to economize. For a warrior on the march, they were also highly practical, as when a blanket could double as a coat, a soldier's physical burden would be reduced. This is an amazing piece which would not look out of place under glass in a museum - so diligently has it been crafted. We can imagine this brooch on the shoulder of a minor Saxon chieftain sitting in a smoky wooden hall, or being picked up as a battlefield trophy by one of their many enemies.
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