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Unique ID: LVPL-C55C0D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Two non-joining fragments of an unidentified cast silver artefact. The fragments are rectangular and curved in form with a wedge-shaped cross-section. Both fragments are broken at each end.

The concave inner faces are plain and the convex outer faces are decorated with Trewhiddle style ornament. Fragment 1 (left side of image) shows a crouching beast inside an arched panel or arcade, its head looking backwards and biting its own tail, which laces up from beneath its body. Probable remains of niello are visible around the creature's tail and hind legs. To the right of this panel is a pointed triquetra, beside which is part of another motif possibly inside another panel. Fragment 2 (right side of image) shows another arched panel or arcade containing two pointed leaves with lobed terminals at the top of the arch and tendrils sprouting from their base. This panel is flanked by pointed triquetrae, complete on the left and partially lost on the right.


The precise function of these fragments is unclear, but the wedge-shaped cross-section suggests that they do not derive from a finger-ring. Possibly they derive from some kind of collar for a domed boss or setting. Alternatively they could have come from a ring decorating the grip of sword. A number of swords categorised as Petersen's Type L (Petersen 1919, 112-16) feature silver ring-like grip mounts decorated with Trewhiddle Style ornament. Most appear to have been flat in section, but one of the four gold grip mounts found in the Bedale Hoard has a more domed shape but is narrower in height (PAS database YORYM-CEE620; Treasure case 2012 T373).

The use of the Trewhiddle Style provides a broad dating of between the ninth and early tenth centuries.


Ninth to early tenth century.


The object fulfils the Treasure Act (1996) in that it is more than 300 years old and has a precious metal content exceeding 10%.


Petersen, J., 1919. De Norske Vikingesverd: En Typologisk-kronologisk Studie over Vikingetidens Vaaben. Kristiania: Videnskapsselskapets Skrifter II. Hist.-Filos. Klasse 1919, 1


Dr. Sue Brunning

Curator, European Early Medieval Collections

Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory

The British Museum

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T372


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 925

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.4 mm
Width: 7.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th April 2016 - Sunday 10th April 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Ms Sue Brunning

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T372

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
To be known as: Kellington

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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