IOW-DB4D02: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Sword Pommel Cap (cocked hat type)

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SWORD

Unique ID: IOW-DB4D02

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A complete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy sword pommel cap of the 'cocked hat' type (c. 410-c. 720). The pommel cap is pyramidal in form and sub-rectangular in plan. The underside is deeply hollow. At each end there is an integral pierced attachment lug. One lug is larger than the other and slightly off-centre. The hole in each lug has a diameter of c. 1.1mm.

This pommel cap is corroded with a patchy matt green patina. There is no indication of decoration or surface treatment. A dark grey stain at one end on the underside may be from organic material.

Length: 40.5mm; width: 14.1mm; thickness: 12.0mm. Weight: 14.85g.

The 'cocked hat' pommel is an early Anglo-Saxon type, examples of which can be found illustrated in MacGregor and Bolick (1993, 237-238).

MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. 1993. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals). BAR British Series 230. Tempvs Reparatvm.

Class: Pommel
Sub class: 'Cocked hat'

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 410
Date to: Circa AD 720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.5 mm
Width: 14.1 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 14.85 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Sunday 22nd May 2016

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2016-7-154

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
MacGregor, A. and Bolick, E. 1993 A summary catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon collections (non-ferrous metals), Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Oxford Tempvs Reparatum 237-238

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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