Ancient Roman bronze trumpet head stud brooch

Roman trumpet brooch

Bronze trumpet formed brooch.
Date: Circa 45 B.C. - 2nd century A.D.
This is named after the shape of its 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 2nd century AD.
The finest of these brooches were made of silver, sometimes gilt and they were normally worn in pairs. Surprisingly they are rarely found outside of Britain.

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 in the first half of the 2nd century.