WMID-2632A7: Early Medieval to Medieval: Unidentified object, possible sword pommel

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Unique ID: WMID-2632A7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete copper alloy artefact of uncertain identification and function, possibly a sword pommel of Early Medieval to Medieval dating (AD 700 to AD 1500).

The artefact is sub cuboid in shape. A circular perforation (hole) is present in the base, with an internal diameter of 8.3 mm. A sub circular flat border is present around this perforation. Possible arms extend to either side. These arms curve upwards, with a recurved tip. The top of this possible sword pommel extends with these curvilinear shapes and it has been folded over with the tip touching the base.

It measures 63.7 mm in length, 26.5 mm wide and 27.5 mm tall. It weighs 115.3 g.

The artefact is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina. The possible pommel may have been affected by heat, which has resulted in the deformation of the artefact.


Kevin Leahy (NFA Post Roman artefacts) comments: I don't know what to make of the 'pommel'. The animal's head is nicely modelled and the incised decoration is neat but I am struggling to get to work as a pommel. I am not sure about the round holes and the general form of the thing. (8th April 2014)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 63.7 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Width: 26.5 mm
Weight: 115.3 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Sherburn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9476
Four figure Latitude: 54.171195
Four figure longitude: -0.56154785
1:25K map: SE9476
1:10K map: SE97NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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