Celtic trumpet brooch


Celtic trumpet brooch

Above, a bronze Celtic trumpet brooch (fibula).
Trumpet form.
Time: about 45 B.C. - 2nd century A.D.


The trumpet brooch is named after the shape of it's head which looks like a trumpet and is one of the best known brooch forms of the Romano - British period with the peak of production in the early days of the 2nd century AD. The most expensive of these brooches were made of silver, sometimes gilded and they were normally worn in pairs. Surprisingly they are rarely found outside of Britain but this one comes from the Netherlands.

The earlier versions have simple waist - knobs with later versions having a waist - knob set between opposing acanthus leaves. These brooches were common in military areas especially in the north of the UK in the first half of the 2nd century.