Here is a chance to instantly acquire a fantastic collection of a variety of Classic ancient brooch pins. This is an authentic set of 7 different ancient bronze Roman and Celtic fibula pins. The collection includes a rare Celtic bird fibula and anchor fibula with a gorgeous mint green bronze patina. Fibulae were worn to pin clothing together and evolved in ancient times to take on a large number of styles and personalities. Everything you would want to know about fibulae can be read here Some of these have original sediment still attached and minor repair but all are superb examples of the different styles known. The price we are offering the set is MUCH LOWER than if the 7 were purchased separately!
The Roman Empire was a unique association of peoples and places such as the Mediterranean World had never seen before. What had been a patchwork of Hellenistic monarchies, independent city-states, and Celtic tribes was miraculously united into one great political entity. At its peak rule, the Roman Empire stretched from Spain to Syria and England to Egypt. The Roman Republic was founded in 509 B.C. and in its earliest times, was ruled by kings and chieftains. In 27 B.C., the Empire was formally established with the title of "Augustus" given to its then ruler Octavian. From that point on, the emperor was referred to as "Augustus", his immediate heir "Caesar" and imperial wives were titled "Augusta".
Our modern world today benefits much from a host of technological innovations first given to us by the ancient Romans. From simple inventions such as blown glass and underground sewer systems to major concepts in engineering and the Roman calendar.
Much of the success of the Empire can be attributed to the protection afforded by its near invincible war machine, the Roman army. Many tactics and weapons were first pioneered by this massive military force and just the thought of having to challenge this entity thwarted many a foreign enemy. Those that were brave (or foolish) enough to go up against Rome's military were quickly made examples of to the rest of the world. The technology and strength of the Roman military was the guardian of this great society for some 500 years.
WARNING: There is an ALARMING number of fake ancient artifacts on the market. As fine quality intact, original specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more sophisticated to fake these artifacts. We have personally handled numerous extremely well-done fakes with convincing patinas that could fool most people. The degree to which the fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals. Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market. Our on-site lab subjects every piece we offer to a full analysis, cleaning and conservation process in our on-site lab. How many dealers do this or have any experience in operating their own lab. The procedures we put each piece through are the same as we do for those specimens destined for museums and the same procedures as the best museums perform on their own collections. Deal only with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no conditions or expiration period. We include this guarantee in writing with every item we sell. All purchases should include from the dealer, a written guarantee of authenticity with unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.