The model for my replica is a UK metal-detector
find. It was purchased from Nigel Mills (one of the founders of the
Thames Mudlark Society) in 2005 (Gaukler 4579), and is a Thames find.
Made of a copper alloy, it is 2.8cm long and the hook is 8mm.
My brooch is very similar to a hooked brooch found in an early 15th
century level of the Thames foreshore? . The MoL brooch is 29.5mm long;
less than 2mm longer than mine. The twist in both brooches is in the
same direction, but the pin pivots are mirrored. It is interesting to
note that the hook is very sharp; yet the position of the very light
pin requires that the hook point towards the wearer.
Museum of London SWA81/1493/2113
Construction of this brooch was simple. I drew some
brass wire to match the thickness of the original. I looped the wire
around a mandrel held in a vice and then twisted the ends together with
pliers. I trimmed off the the short end with snips, and then hammered
the ring flat and hammered the twist to tighten it. I filed the hook to
sharpen it, and filed a notch for the pin. I finished the brooch by
polishing it with modern tools and adding a sharpened pin.