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    • Primary material: Copper alloy
    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: NMGW-888724
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval copper alloy sword pommel of late lobed form, probably of 10th or 11th century date The pommel has height of 24.10mm and a length of 51.92mm across the base which curves upwards at both ends and would have rested upon a concave pommel bar. The interior of the pommel has an oval opening (42mm x 10.5mm internal dimensions at the base). The apex of the pommel has an oval aperture (7.2mm x 6.0mm) to accommodate the protruding sword tang. The exterior is decorated with a larger central lobe flanked on each side with smaller lobes and terminal knops. The pommel demonstrates a…
Created on: Monday 15th May 2006
Last updated: Saturday 1st August 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-0969C1
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy sword pommel of late lobed form, probably of 10th or 11th century date. The base of the pommel curves upwards at both ends and would have rested upon a concave pommel bar. The interior of the pommel has a central oval opening, with an internal rounded step narrowing to a sub-rectangular aperture to accommodate the sword tang, and extending through the top of the pommel. The exterior is decorated with a larger central lobe flanked on each side with two smaller lobes. The pommel is somewhat irregular, with the smaller terminal lobe on one end being more substantial tha…
Created on: Thursday 11th September 2003
Last updated: Saturday 17th March 2012
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Record ID: NMGW-0D50A3
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Recorded at the Hidden Treasure Finds Day at National Museums & Galleries of Wales. Copper alloy Saxon strap end, probably dating to the 9th Century AD, and belonging to Thomas' Type A. The strap end is made on a strip of sub-triangular copper alloy sheet, with a single copper alloy rivet employed to secure the strap. The face is decorated with an eroded zoomorphic terminal before a panel, split along its length by an incised line, each side containing two short arcs. The greater part of the face is made up of panel containing an incised diagonal cross, the arms of which are in-filled…
Created on: Tuesday 11th November 2003
Last updated: Saturday 1st March 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-E94356
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy strap end of Early Medieval date, probably dating to the Anglo-Saxon period and of 9th to 10th century date. The strap end is of slightly unusual form and does not easily fit into Thomas' classification. The strap end was attached to the strap by means of a sawn opening (7mm deep) and secured by a single protruding iron rivet, which is still present. The strap end tapers to its terminal with converging sides, which expand at the terminal. On either side, below the strap slot are rounded knops. The face is decorated with a moulded triangular panel before a raised deba…
Created on: Wednesday 21st January 2004
Last updated: Sunday 4th May 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-45A67E
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy zoomorphic strap-end possibly of Early Medieval, 11th century date The strap-end is complete (with a length of 27.5mm and a weight of 11.8g) but is heavily-corroded. The strap-end depicts a beast's head, cast in the round with narrowed snout, a central groove on the brow and conjoined C-shaped mouldings for ears (giving the strap-end a maximum width of 10.9mm, where it has a thickness of 8.9mm). There is the suggestion of an incised eye, on one side but is now corroded and all other detail has been lost. The underside is undecorated and gently concave. The attachment e…
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 4th August 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-C98B8B
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval (Late Anglo-Saxon) copper alloy strap-end of late 8th to 11th century date The strap-end is of Thomas' (2003, p 4)[1] Class B, Type 1 and is complete but is slightly distorted (with a length of 37.5mm and a weight of 3.4g). The strap-end is widest at the split attachment end (at 8.5mm wide and 4.3mm deep), which is near-straight and the two attachment rivets remain in place. The sides of the strap-end converge towards the terminal (to a minimum width of 5.5mm where it has a thickness of 1.6mm). The shaft is mostly undecorated but had three sets of parallel incised li…
Created on: Friday 7th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 7th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-657977
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Saxon stirrup-strap mount, probably of 11th century date. The mount is likely to fall into Williams (1997) Class A, Type 2A. The mount is sub-triangular and convex in profile. Much of the surface detail has been lost, but it is possible to discern an animal head at the apex, above the upper fixing hole. There are a further two animal heads projecting from the corners at the base. The sides of the mount are slightly curved and without any projecting lobes. The lower fixing holes retain their iron rivets, and are positioned immediately above and inside the corner head projections. …
Created on: Tuesday 27th January 2004
Last updated: Sunday 31st May 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-6A0D70
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete Late Saxon cast copper alloy stirrup-strap mount, of class A, type 7 (Williams 1997), probably dating from 11th to 12th century. The mount is sub-triangular in shape with two pairs of lugs on the sides. The apex is rounded and pointed, and has suffered from erosion. These terminals typically incorporate a zoomorphic design, and a number of low ridges visible on the terminal are likely to be the remnants of facial features. Below the upper fixing hole, the raised border defining the sides, flare out forming scrolls. The interior of the mount displays the characteristic central…
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 26th January 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-A7B175
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Anglo Saxon stirrup-strap mount, probably of 11th century date. The stirrup mount is copper alloy with a zoomorphic design. It has only one perforation through its upper apex, and in this respect, is unusual. While the mount could still be attached as a stirrup mount, it would be unstable, and may not have utilised a fitting behind the stirrup strap. The piece has a pentagonal design with the upper end rising in a sharp curve to a point, which surrounds the perforation. The bottom flange is narrow and at a right angle to the body of the mount - type A (Williams 1997). The design …
Created on: Friday 1st August 2003
Last updated: Friday 8th July 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-F2B0E5
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Saxon copper alloy stirrup strap mount, probably of 11th century date. The mount is of Williams (1997) Class B and likely to be of type 3, and possibly Group 4. The mount is openwork with a devolved zoomorphic design, which is now little more than a perforated central dome. The mount is trapezoidal with a height of 35.7mm and a maximum width at the top of 30.5mm (minimum width at the flange of 24.0mm). The openwork decoration along the sides has broken through at the edges. The flange is angled (Williams Type C) and has the remnants of two iron rivets in situ. Two further attachm…
Created on: Monday 9th May 2005
Last updated: Monday 13th February 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C20800
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Near-complete Late Anglo Saxon stirrup strap mount, probably of 11th century date. The stirrup is unusual with a beast's head protruding downwards from the base of the mount (23mm deep). One other example with a protruding head has been recorded from Stoke Hammond, Bucks (Williams D., 1997, no. 383, p84). Features on the head are now difficult to discern, but the cast decoration appears to depict a snarling snout with four sharp teeth protruding from the underside. The panel is concave with a surviving height of 32.4mm and parallel sides with a width of 32.6mm. The panel is decorated …
Created on: Monday 7th March 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 21st September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-66F662
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval, Late Anglo-Saxon copper alloy stirrup terminal mount of middle to late 11th century date The mount is one of a pair which would have decorated the terminals of an iron stirrup. The mount is complete (with a length of 46.4mm and a weight of 19.2g) and the rear of the mount is open-backed and would accommodate a circular sectioned stirrup (with a socket length of 40.3mm and of 7.3mm diameter). The interior of the terminal is angled to produce a slight under-cut ledge. There is no evidence for the iron remnants of the stirrup within the socket. The mount depicts an elabo…
Created on: Wednesday 14th January 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-E8F8A8
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A loop-headed ringed pin, with slightly pitted, stripped surface and golden colour (typical of some beach finds). The ring has a dark corrosion layer on the surface, remnants of which also survive on the shaft. The ring is of 'fixed' type, with a constriction where it fits through the loop head of the pin; the pin can therefore swing, but not move freely around the ring. The ring is of lozenge cross-section, and is decorated with five groups of transverse incised lines. The pin has a raised transverse moulding at the junction of the loop head with the shaft. The shaft changes in cross…
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 7th December 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-517156
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval (Hiberno-Norse) copper alloy pin from a ringed pin, probably of 9th to 12th century date The pin is near-complete, missing the loop but is distorted (with a distorted length of 90.3mm, a straightened length of approximately 151mm and a weight of 11.9g). The top of the loop is missing and the interior of the loop would have accommodated a circular frame (with a diameter of 4mm). The pin shaft is circular-sectioned for approximately half of its length before becoming flat sectioned at the tip half. There is a slight swelling around the loop (of 5.3mm diameter), after w…
Created on: Monday 20th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 4th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-F408B2
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval copper alloy mount of Anglo-Saxon style, possibly a shield boss mount and probably dating to the 5th to 7th centuries AD The mount is circular and is complete, but much of the iron backing is lost (with a diameter of 30.5mm, a maximum depth of 9.0mm and a weight of 15.4g). The mount appears to have had a composite backing, possibly comprising a copper alloy ring riveted in three places to the rear of the mount with iron rivets. Attached at the rear are fragments of iron plate, possibly the remnants of a shield boss. At the centre of the rear, is a circular indentation (…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-EA7D22
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The copper-alloy mount, which is now in four fragments, is of cruciform shape (one arm absent)and has cast ornament over all of its front face, which bears traces of gilding. Two opposing arms are smaller than the third intact arm, each having two groups of four ridges, each representing the tail of a bird are in a single border outline, with ropework infill. A 'Z' shaped moulding separates body from head, which has a small eye and curved beak, in profile. In each case, a forward bent leg has bent feet, claws pointing backwards. The wide arm is parallel sided, and has an expanded t…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2003
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2012
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Record ID: NMGW-65466B
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy fragmentary mount, probably an Early Medieval harness mount of c. 11th century date The mount is fragmentary, represented by a fragmentary loop, an arm with decorative boss and fragmentary plate (with a surviving length of 25.8mm and a weight of 7.4g). The loop edge is curved, suggesting a circular or oval loop. The sides of loop were of oval section (5.0mm x 2.0mm). Adjacent to the loop is an arm of D-shaped section (8.4mm wide and 4.4mm thick) which is undecorated. The arm expands to a decorative, rounded boss (11.1mm wide and 7.0mm thick). The boss is decorated with…
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 28th October 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-EAD432
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval copper alloy harness strap distributor. Cast copper alloy fitting, near complete, with one of the loops broken and has a surviving length (distorted) of 71.1mm. The loops are oval (internal measurement 12.8 x 10.0mm) with a maximum external width of 22.1mm. The top and sides of the loop have rounded knops. The rear of the loop is dished, possibly to help accommodate the strap. The connecting bar is of D shaped section with a thickness of 4mm. The central boss is oval (15 x 13mm) and is 9.5mm high. The sides of the boss have further protruding knops. The rear of the boss…
Created on: Monday 21st March 2005
Last updated: Thursday 9th July 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-7DD554
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy finger ring, probably of Early Saxon date. The ring is complete and has similar decoration to Late Roman or Early Saxon bracelets. The terminals are currently overlapping with a space between them, if straightened the ring would have had a large diameter of c. 30mm. The decoration is symmetrical and the terminals are decorated with an incised line c.10mm from the end, with a central punched dot either side. Beyond the second punched dot is a row of punched dots across the ring’s width. The main body of the ring has another lengthways row of punched dots. The terminals ar…
Created on: Wednesday 28th January 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-37B023
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval silver coin Silver sceatta; Series X; wodan head / monster Danish or perhaps an English copy (c. 700-750) 1.18g, corroded
Created on: Friday 31st October 2014
Last updated: Friday 31st October 2014
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