Bird pin declared treasure trove

A SILVER-gilt bird pin thought to be around 500-years-old has been declared treasure at a Lynn inquest.

The small dress fitting, most likely a cap pin, was found by metal dectector enthusiast David Cockle in Stoke Ferry on October 1 last year, the inquest heard.

A report prepared by the British Museum said the bird, with outstretched wings, was perhaps an eagle and could have been a representation of the Eagle of St John.

The bird's head was turned towards its left wing and it was perhaps holding a scroll in its beak which cut across the left wing to the bird's foot.

There was some damage to the pin, which was around 13 mm high and 14 mm wide, and a small part of the bird's head was broken.

The report said the item dated back to the late 15th century or early 16th century and the remains of a hook, soldered to the reverse of the pin, was partly broken.

Greater Norfolk coroner William Armstrong declared the pin was treasure on account of its silver content and age.

The inquest, held at Lynn County Court on Wednesday, heard the item was similar to one found in Bosworth, in Leicestershire, in around 2005.