Menu
WEST
SMITHFIELD

Contact us

    Contact us

Contact us

What would you put in a new museum for London?



A selection of pewter brooches from an Anglo-Saxon jewellery hoard. Some have yellow or dark red beads in the centre. Some are decorated with twisted wire. Most of the examples shown in this selection are circular brooches. All of them were found on Cheapside near Bow Church during the excavation of a sewer in 1838. This hoard seems to be the stock of a local Saxon jeweller. In it are different types of pewter brooches, rings and beads, mostly unfinished. Some brooches are set with glass beads to imitate gems. They seem to have been cast with the beads in place in the mould, as some still have a skin of metal over them. The jeweller must have intended to remove the skin later.