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Harford Farm Disc Brooch - Front View

Harford Farm Disc Brooch

This Anglo-Saxon brooch dates from about 610-650AD.

It was found in a grave at Harford Farm in Norfolk.

The silver backplate of this brooch is fascinating. A runic inscription in the centre translates as ‘Luda repaired the brooch’. This is a rare, early example of a craftsman signing his handiwork.

Inscribed either side of the pin mounting are two snake-like creatures, head to tail, biting each other’s feet. Animal designs like these are found in many examples of Anglo-Saxon art through the 7th century.

The brooch is an important find, the only one of its type known outside Kent.