Bronze Crossbow Fibula

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Roman bronze fibula

Date Acquired  2004
Location Discovered Balkans
Material  Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 6.7cm long x 4.6cm wide
Roman Empire 4th Century AD

Bronze Crossbow Fibula/pin used to hold together the Toga/clothing of the Roman Soldier and Citizen.  Called Crossbow due to its unique shape similar to a crossbow.  This example has the pin missing however has a nice red/orange patina with six inscribed circles near the base.  On each of the three points making up the end there are round spheres with a tip.  The arch would have been where the fabric bunched while the pin secured it.  A fine example.(1)(2)


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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 155 2002

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.