Inspired by the casting work of another SCAdian, I fell in love with a 6th Century Merovingian whorl brooch that I found on Pinterest. This has led me down a path of learning sculpting, pewter casting, and A&S research for the SCA during these crazy times. This display is a culmination of two separate projects: 6th C. Merovingian Quatrefoil Whorl Brooch, and 6th C. Merovingian Wheel Brooch.
As noted in each project’s own original blog post on my website, I fell down a research rabbit hole and wanted to learn as much as possible both about the casting process, and the Merovingian era. As part of this Merovingian exploration, I am creating an ensemble of proposed clothing that a Lady would have worn in that time and place, which will include a Wheel brooch found near Paris (Met), and a quatrefoil Whorl brooch per a grave find in Bréban, Marne, France (MerovingianDynasty).
I will be attempting to create the bow brooches from the Bréban grave as a future project. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of extent clothing from this era, so much will be conjecture based on a woman buried at the Barbares Grave 12, or that of Arnegunde, a Merovingian Queen. This ambitious culmination of information will be displayed in full once completed.
While I recognize that how I created these brooches is not period, it continues to be a great learning experience, a way to delve into history, and a way that I can further my Art as Service to our Kingdom.
Full A&S documentation can be found here: