Rupert Wace Ancient Art



  - Romano-British domed bronze disc brooch

Romano-British domed bronze disc brooch

1st century AD

Reputedly found at Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. Private collection UK

See R. Hattatt, 'Ancient and Romano-British Brooches' (Dorset, 1982) p. 141, fig. 59, no. 128 for a similar example.

Romano-British disc brooch of rounded convex form. The dome decorated in a sunburst pattern of red and yellow enamel, a deep channel running inside the outer edge, a chain loop at one end with three additional knobs.
This type is common to Britain and found in a number of Roman sites dateable from the Flavian period to mid 2nd century AD. The sunburst pattern is imported with the rays reduced to a geometric design of triangles.

Diameter: 3.5 cm

  - Byzantine gold and garnet ring

Byzantine gold and garnet ring

4th-6th century AD

Sold Gorny & Mosch, Auction 150, 11 July 2006, lot 188; Property of a Private Foundation

For discussion of the type and parallels, see J. Spier, Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium, London, 2012, pp. 62-65.

The flat gold band decorated with six cabuchon garnets, each within a circular gold cell.

The fashion for setting gems in cells like this begins in the third century AD and becomes increasingly popular until the sixth or seventh century. Several examples of this type are known, set either with garnets or with emeralds.

Diameter of band: 2 cm. Ring size: N

  - Prehistoric flint hammer stone

Prehistoric flint hammer stone

3500 - 800 BC

Collection of Professor Sir Lucas White King (1856-1925), Dublin and London; Richardson Collection, UK
Bearing original collection label stating: 'Neolithic Hammer or Quern Stone. Ex County Down Ireland, from Prof Sir Lucas White King's Collection'

A similar example was found in Norfolk and recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

A regularly shaped spherical hammerstone, the surface covered with fine percussion scars.

Diameter: 7 cm

  - Group of 3 neolithic flint tools, found in the Netherlands

Group of 3 neolithic flint tools, found in the Netherlands

c. 3rd millenium BC

Found in Aamsven, The Netherlands in October 1958 by David Bakker.
Private collection of David Bakker and thence by descent to his great grandson Ben Edelenbos; Private collection, The Netherlands acquired from Mr Edelenbos in 2012


The group includes an example of each of the classic forms of prehistoric flint tool. A finely knapped dagger with sharply pointed, leaf-shaped blade; a thick butted hand axe of attractive grey marbled flint and a small, complete arrow head. Though found in Aamsveen in the east of the Netherlands close to the border with Germany, their origins are more likely to have been in Denmark from where many of the finest ancient stone tools hailed. The spread of such finds reveals an active trade in such objects during the neolithic period.

A finely knapped dagger of dark grey/black flint, the leaf-shaped blade sharply pointed, with fine stitching around the edges. The butt or grip an extension of the blade, straight sided with diamond shaped profile.

Dagger length: 18.2 cm; Axe: 14.5 cm; Arrow head: 4.5 cm