Cast in a clay mould sometime in the late 8th or early 9th century, this silver brooch was discovered during archaeological excavations at Carronbridge, Morton.
It has had three studs, perhaps of glass, amber or stone. Originally the surface was gilded, and tool marks can be seen in the hollows of the decorated areas, possibly caused by burnishing after gilding.
The pin may have been replaced, but even now the surface of the brooch is in good condition and it must have been highly polished when new.
When it was discovered, light brown woollen fibres were attached to the pin, maybe from the neck of a fleece cloak to which it had been attached.
Nearby was a small sickle blade and part of a sword with the remnants of a scabbard, yet there were no obvious signs that these objects had been part of a burial.
In the collection of Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura.