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bronze age

After the Stone Age period, our ancestors developed a way of making bronze by mixing copper with tin. Bronze was much harder than either copper or tin, and therefore more suitable for tools and weapons. Early Bronze Age artefacts have a very high copper content, and are softer and therefore more worn or have a pitted surface. In the late Bronze Age lead was also sometimes added.

 

The British Bronze Age period started around 2500 years BC to 800 years BC. At this time saw the arrival of the Beaker Peoples from the low countries of present day mainland Europe. At the start of this period stone items were still being used from the earlier age. Britain was very resourceful with an abundance of tin from Cornwall, and copper from Ireland. Copper was used on it's own for personal ornaments, and by the late Bronze Age, gold was also being used, again as ornaments, or sometimes on weapons. However, anything other than bronze artefacts from this period are very rare indeed, and are not often seen in the market place. Bronze Age hoards of axe heads and weapons do turn up from time to time.

 

The bronze workers would often bury many items together for safekeeping. These were usually broken or damaged items which would have, if recovered in antiquity, been either recast, or traded for other items. Bronze Age artefacts are also discovered which would have been used as burial items. The most popular Bronze Age items have a smooth even patina, and are preferably undamaged. The palstave type axe is usually more desirable to collectors than the looped and socketed type.

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B-100

Bronze Age Phalerae Horse Mount With Decoration circa 900-600 BC. This is a very decorative large and rare item made from thin bronze with a good green patina, although rather rough owing to the great age of the artefact. Still visible are the fixing pin studs, with another small pin still complete and loosely in place. On the outer edge is a good raised dot and zigzag pattern with a further raised plain circle in the middle, and on top of that a further raised central boss type section. The item is made in one piece and shows excellent design style and craftsmanship. It would have been fastened to leather, long since gone in antiquity, and used to decorate a horse, most likely being hung in the middle above the front legs, or on the horse's flanks. A fantastic and rare piece of Bronze Age equestrian decoration measuring 190mm in diameter.

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B-100

£290.00

Bronze Age Phalerae Horse Mount With Decoration circa 900-600 BC. This is a very decorative large and rare item made from thin bronze with a good green patina, although rather rough owing to the great age of the artefact. Still visible are the fixing pin studs, with another small pin still complete and loosely in place. On the outer edge is a good raised dot and zigzag pattern with a further raised plain circle in the middle, and on top of that a further raised central boss type section. The item is made in one piece and shows excellent design style and craftsmanship. It would have been fastened to leather, long since gone in antiquity, and used to decorate a horse, most likely being hung in the middle above the front legs, or on the horse's flanks. A fantastic and rare piece of Bronze Age equestrian decoration measuring 190mm in diameter.


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B-105

Bronze Vessel circa 1000 BC. A beautiful small bronze urn of solid heavy construction, and highly decorated. Good green patina. The vessel would have originally contained an expensive concentrate such as oil or perfume. The item comes from Luristan, a mountainous region of ancient Persia, now modern day Iran. The area has recently yielded many items of bronze artefacts. The item stands 90mm high.

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B-105

£135.00

Bronze Vessel circa 1000 BC. A beautiful small bronze urn of solid heavy construction, and highly decorated. Good green patina. The vessel would have originally contained an expensive concentrate such as oil or perfume. The item comes from Luristan, a mountainous region of ancient Persia, now modern day Iran. The area has recently yielded many items of bronze artefacts. The item stands 90mm high.


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