Poorly Located Find Spot record BML 078 - Findspot of a small Bronze Age flat axe

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A small bronze flat bronze axe "Found at Breemswell, Suffolk, 1872". Formerly recorded as BML MISC


Grid reference TM 31 50 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet TM35SW


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Full Description

Sold by R(see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) September 1969:- Lot 13. A small bronze flat bronze axe "Found at Breemswell, Suffolk, 1872. A.8" ... Length 3 3/8 inches. Crescentic shaped blade. UKP 12.
Sold to : (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s), an "enthusiastic collector" (S1).
In April 1982 an EBA "palstave" was offered for sale in 'Popular Archaeology' (with the description "item number 30 ... bronze flat axe 85mm cleaned labelled Breemswell Suffolk 1872. This is most likely to be an error in reading Bromeswell which is near Woodbridge), by the renowned dealers Fox and Company ... Further information forwarded with the objects showed that they were ex Robert Clough Antiquities ...
A reply to correspondence received from the County Archaeological Officer confirmed above ... being originally acquired by (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) from Sothebys (for date see below). The Bromeswell axe is a typical example of an EBA flat axe of around 2000- 1300 BC being of waisted shape with a square butt and crescented blade, having been cleaned with an abrasive prior to its being marked in white ink, Breemswell Suffolk 1872 A8, which is varnished over. The axe displays several scratches/marks some of which may be ard or file marks (or both). Along its edges it retains a black bronze appearance. The dimensions are length 8.5cm width across butt 2.5cm, width across blade 5.2cm" (S2) (sic). Has always been associated with MBA palstave see BML Misc BA (CRN 00795). Sold at Sothebys 16 July 1968 (S3).

Formerly recorded as BML MISC

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card "Breemswell (?Bromeswell)" (sic) Bronze Age, undated.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: handwritten note from Stephen-Murray R given in (S2) above,.
  • <S2> (No record type): Stephen-Murray R, 18 March 1983.
  • <M2> (No record type): drawing, photograph..
  • <S3> (No record type): Needham S P. PhD thesis, SF2, 335.

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Record last edited

May 21 2020 8:47AM

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