This beautiful silver brooch was found at Little Casterton in May 2020. It dates between 1600 – 1700. Although annular brooches are typically Medieval in date, plain silver examples continue to be used post-medieval and this brooch includes a 17th century makers mark. Unfortunately, the mark is unclear.
A dainty example at just under 27mm in diameter, it is lovely to see that the pin has remained attached.
Through the Portable Antiquities Scheme this item was declared Treasure and subsequently offered to the Museum. Due to a very kind landowner who donated their half of the Treasure fee and to the Michael Hinman Bequest (administer by the Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle), the museum was able to acquire this item for the permanent collection.
You can view the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) record here, which gives you the opportunity to view similar items which have been recorded by the scheme.
Our thanks goes to the landowner who kindly donated their part of the Treasure reward.
You can find out more information about the Treasure Act and the role of the PAS here.