Medieval Brooch Worth Thousands Found With Metal Detector

Last year a medieval brooch was found by a metal detectorist in Leicestershire just outside the moat of Kurby Muxloe Castle.

It is believed the brooch may have been lost by a baroness 500 plus years ago.

The rare 15th century brooch went up for grabs in auction at Auctioneers Charles Hanson.

The high purity gold jewel is inlaid with white enamel and features an engraving in french : “honor et ioie,”  This translates to Honour and Joy.

Kirby Muxloe Castle & Moat
Kirby Muxloe where the brooch was found.

Experts think that the brooch may have fallen from Baroness Katherine Hastings whilst she strolled around the castle grounds or in other circumstances following her husbands “William Hastings” demise.

The Rare Jewel was set a guide price at auction for £6000 – £8000 and had a huge amount of worldwide interest. However when the hammer fell the price had reached over £20,000.

A man from Yorkshire is rumoured to have purchased the Brooch for his wife as an anniversary present.

Kirby Muxloe Castle where the jewel was found was originally built by William Hastings who was then one of the most powerful men in Britain. He inherited his father’s seat in 1455.

William was good friends with King Edward the IV and was a powerful allie in the battle of Towton in 1461.

Following the death of King Edward IV, Hastings was summoned to a council meeting in the Tower of London.

Richard III (Richard Duke of York at the time) accused William Hastings of Treason and beheaded him on the spot. Baroness Katherine Hastings lived at the castle where she died in 1504.

 

 

Gavin Bowler

Keen history and blogging enthusiast. I love metal detecting.

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