Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Seven Lobed' Sword Pommel 020527

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Seven Lobed' Sword Pommel 020527
Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Seven Lobed' Sword Pommel
Copper-alloy, 35.24 grams, 26.96 mm. Circa 10th century AD. A hollow-cast sword pommel formed as five parallel lobes and two horn finials. The central lobe is pierced by a longitudinal circular hole though which the blade's tang passed. The profile is consistent with the curved guards of Petersen's Type L hilts, a form found in Scandinavia (e.g. the Korsøygarde sword) derived from Anglo-Saxon forms (e.g. the Abingdon sword). Reference: Pierce, I. Swords of the Viking Age, Woodbridge, 2004 p.74-6 and Ellis Davidson, H.R. The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England, Woodbridge, 1994; similar to item 1.8.3-e in Hammond, B.British Artefacts, vol.2 - Middle Saxon and Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Fakenham, Norfolk.
 
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