Merovingian Frankish Garnet Bird Brooches ,circa 6th century AD. A pair of cast silver brooches in the form of stylised birds with hooked beaks and scrolled bodies. The eyes, wings and tails are formed by garnets set 'en cloison.' On the reverse, the pin-lugs and catchplates are in place (the pins lost in antiquity). Paired bird brooches are a classic form of garment closure used by the Merovingian Franks and also found in nearby Kent.