A copper-alloy trefoil brooch found near Thorney, Nottinghamshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Trefoil Brooch (LEIC-33DBDC)
A copper-alloy trefoil brooch found near Thorney, Nottinghamshire
Trefoil brooches were characteristically Scandinavian women’s wear. However, many examples found in the East Midlands were probably made in the Danelaw, and may have been copies of Scandinavian styles, instead of being imported from Scandinavia. The presence of Borre-style interlace on this example classifies it as Maixner’s type E.