Anglo-Saxon Decorative Mounts For Sale

The term ‘mount’ is used for a wide variety of decorated metal artefacts which were attached to other objects in order to embellish and beautify them. Examples would include fittings from the covers of books; stiffener plates from belts; pendants from horse-harness; fittings from shields, swords and knives (seaxes). In the early Anglo-Saxon period the detailed zoomorphic ornamentation may have had religious or amuletic significance, much as later objects often bore Christian symbolism. Decorative mounts are among the more interesting and accessible Anglo-Saxon items to collect, due to the wide variation in size, purpose and decoration.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Bronze Strap End 027148

Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Bronze Strap End
Gilt-bronze, 2.89 grams, 24.04 mm. 9th century AD. A cast gilt-bronze brooch fragment with a facing mask and pelleted bands. Fair condition, fragmentary. Provenance: ex Hallam collection.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Bronze Strap End 027148
Anglo-Saxon 'Cruciform' Gilt-Bronze Mount 027146

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Crucifrom' Gilt-Bronze Mount
Gilt-bronze, 7.15 grams, 22.67 mm. Circa 8th-9th century AD. A cast gilt-bronze cruciform mount with central flat-topped pyramid; incised scroll decoration to the arms and pyramidal faces; four attachment lugs to the reverse. Fine condition. Provenance: ex property of a Middlesex gentleman; acquired in the early 1980s.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Cruciform' Gilt-Bronze Mount 027146
Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Trapezoidal Mount 027533

Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Trapezoidal Mount
Gilt-bronze, 6.98 grams, 31.11 mm. 6th century AD. A chip carved trapezoidal mount with mask above, three extensions to the lower edge. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at a moot site, Stockbridge Down, Winchester, UK; recorded with Winchester Museum by the finder.
£175.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Face Mask' Trapezoidal Mount 027533
Anglo-Saxon 'Ornamented' Discoid Mount 027534

Anglo-Saxon 'Ornamented' Discoid Mount
Gilt-bronze, 2.91 grams, 18.49 mm. 6th century AD. A chip carved discoid mount with median band of pelletted ornament. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found at a moot site, Stockbridge Down, Winchester, UK; recorded with Winchester Museum by the finder.
£140.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Ornamented' Discoid Mount 027534
Anglo-Irish 'Cross-Head' Early Christian Penannular Brooch Section 025775

Very Rare Anglo-Irish 'Cross-Head' Early Christian Penannular Brooch Section
Gilt-Bronze, 6.78 grams, 52.52 mm. 7th-8th century AD. A cast gilt-bronze penannular brooch fragment, discoid with openwork interior; the rim with facetted three-band border and circular openwork panel with central wheel-headed cross motif; above, a discoid panel with bird-head detailing, incised chevron texture on leaf-shaped panels; the centre of the cross pierced to accept a large (3.5mm) rivet, and smaller hole to the rim. The wheel-headed cross motif and careful manufacture suggest that the fragment formed part of a larger processional cross or high-status penannular brooch. Reference: cf. the Phoenix Park mount in Youngs, S. The Work of Angels. Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD item 145. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old Midlands collection; found Co. Durham, UK.
£650.00

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Anglo-Irish 'Cross-Head' Early Christian Penannular Brooch Section 025775
Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Gold-Chip Carved Mount 025992

Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Gold Chip-Carved Mount
Gilt Copper-alloy, 3.27 grams, 27.30 mm. 8th century AD. A cast mount, flat in section with high-relief pair of scrolled knotwork panels in Insular Style with lobed ends. Reference: cf. running knotwork on the nasal of the Coppergate helmet published in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991 item 47. Fine condition, worn. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Gold-Chip Carved Mount 025992
Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch Terminal 024803

Superb Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch Terminal
Copper-alloy, 7.78 grams, 33.23 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy terminal element from the headplate of a florid cruciform bow brooch. The terminal comprises a central human mask with peltoid plate below, flanked by Style I bird-heads with hooked beaks. To the reverse, there is a pierced lug and remains of a second, through which a pin was inserted to attach the terminal to the sides of the headplate. Separately-cast terminals are a feature of the later and most florid examples of cruciform brooch. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 item 12.37. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1984 inventory no.84.144 / cat.2040.
£225.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch Terminal 024803
Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Bowl Mount Pair 022891

Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Bowl Mount Pair
Copper-alloy, 64.20 grams, 49.36-84.06 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A pair of cast copper-alloy mounts from a bowl or serving vessel. The larger mount is formed as a D-shaped plate with openwork centre and cruciform internal bars; the smaller is similar, forming just the lower portion. The surface is decorated with multiple ring-and-dot motifs. The lower point is provided with a crescentic extension. The upper portion of the plate is provided with three attachment rivets and from the upper edge springs a standard with a fourth rivet for the handle; the rivets are D-shaped in section and elliptical in plan with triangular ridge detail to each face. To the reverse, traces of the decorative sheet bronze surface of the bowl are visible. Reference: cf. copper-alloy bucket-mounts in the Ashmolean museum published in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 items 50.1, 50.4. Fine condition. Provenance: found Leicestershire, UK.
£275.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Bowl Mount Pair 022891
Anglo-Saxon 'Regardant Beasts' Mount 022189

Anglo-Saxon 'Regardant Beasts' Mount
Copper-alloy, 5.74 grams, 20.28 mm. Circa 9th-10th century AD. A cast copper-alloy square mount with raised border. The design comprises two quadrupeds, the upper crouching to the right with its head looking backwards and the lower advancing to the left. Two small attachment holes are placed within the upper and lower rim. The beasts are probably intended for hunting dogs. The triangular bodies and square-ended muzzles are reminiscent of Trewhiddle Style animals such as those on the bone trial piece from York. Reference: Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture, AD 600-900, London 1991, item 255 and cf. advancing dogs on item 43. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
£375.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Regardant Beasts' Mount 022189
Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Domed Mount 021415

Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Domed Mount
Copper-alloy gilt, 8.81 grams, 31.21 mm diameter. Circa 8th century AD. A discoid mount with domed central section, pierced to accept an attachment rivet. The flange is decorated with two panels of gilded chip-carved knotwork in the Insular Style, with a third panel of three-band zoomorphic ribbon-beast at the top. The central hole is surrounded by a plain double-border which extends between the chip-carved panels to the outer edge. Reference: documented with the Portable Antiquities Scheme under reference SOMDOR-216202. Fine condition. Provenance: found Charminster, Dorset, England.
£295.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Scabbard Fitting 020578

Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Scabbard Fitting
Gilt copper-alloy with garnets, 7.35 grams, 39.48 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A flat cast mount or fitting in the form of a pair of bird-heads, addorsed, springing from a central bar. The left head is formed with a recurved beak developing into a flat cheek beneath a quarter-round eye socket. Behind and above the socket is a raised right-angled bracket. The eye is formed as a cloison setting for a garnet disc. The right head is present only as far as the cheek. Beneath the left head's cheek is a band of three-band decoration; to its left is a right-angled banded feature, a pair of slightly curved vertical bars and a D-shaped block with internal bar. The use of paired sets of bird-head motifs is quite common on Style II metalwork of the 6th-7th century, with many examples from the Sutton Hoo ship burial (Mound 1) and contemporary metalwork. Directly joined bird-heads are not common, although the feature does occur on a small-long brooch from Bloxhall (Suffolk) and the footplate of a cruciform brooch from Felixstowe, although in neither case does garnet cloisonné appear. On the reverse there is evidence for an attachment peg. The fitting may have formed part of a bridle pendant, such as those found in the horse-and-rider burial in Mound 17 at Sutton Hoo. Reference: West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 items 10.7, 45.2 and Carver, M. Sutton Hoo. A Seventh Century Princely Burial Ground and its Context, London, 2005 items 29a, b. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, England.
£950.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Scabbard Fitting 020578
Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-Chain' Scabbard Mount 022616

Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-Chain' Scabbard Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 2.93 grams, 25.87 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A cast copper-alloy rectangular mount with heavy gilding to the central design. The face comprises a raised border enclosing a procession of Style II animal shapes forming a chain. On the reverse are placed two attachment pins. Decorative mounts of this form were often used to enliven sword-belts and scabbards, as for example on the sword from Grave 92 at Erding, Germany. Reference: Menghin, W. Das Schwert im Fruehen Mittelalter, Stuttgart, 1983 item 77 and map 11. Good fine condition, complete, gilding mostly intact. Provenance: found at Thetford, Norfolk, England in 1997.
£160.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-Chain' Scabbard Mount 022616
Anglo-Saxon 'Chip-Carved' Gusset Plate 022420

Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Chip-Carved' Gusset Plate
Copper-alloy, 4.88 grams, 38.05 mm. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy gusset plate from a wrist-clasp set, formed as a triangle with slightly concave sides terminating in a stylised beast's head with roundel eyes and a square muzzle. On each side is a pierced lug, by which the plate was sewn to the garment. The median panel is filled with a beaded border surrounding a triangular panel with punched-point decoration. Reference: Hines, J. Clasps-Hektespenner-Agraffen: Anglo-Scandinavian Clasps of the Third to Sixth Centuries AD. Typology, Diffusion and Function. Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 1993. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
£175.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Chip-Carved' Gusset Plate 022420
Merovingian Frankish 'Convex' Mounts 019706

Merovingian Frankish 'Convex' Mounts
Copper-alloy and gilt, 5.55 / 4.70 / 4.13 / 1.36 grams, 28.60 / 29.76 / 28.35 / 16.25 mm dia. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A set of four convex mounts: (i) a steep-sided boss with geometric decoration within a double border of gilded ropework, with two round holes close to the outer border; (ii) a low dome within a gilded pelleted border (part lost in antiquity) with two holes; (iii) a low dome within a gilded, pelleted border, with a central triskele motif and two holes close to the edge; (iv) a low dome with two holes and a central roundel. The form and placement of the holes suggest that the mounts were meant to be attached using either separate rivets or possibly sewn. Superficially, the mounts resemble the domed, collared bosses found on Merovingian period triangular belt buckles and the contemporary ‘umbo’ brooches; the rhythmic designs are also reminiscent of the decoration of Frankish disc brooches. Reference: Nice, A. Revue Archéologique de Picardie. La Nécropole Mérovingienne de Goudelancourt-lès Pierrepont (Aisne), No.Spécial 25, 2008. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£225.00

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Merovingian Frankish 'Convex' Mounts 019706
Anglo-Saxon 'Feral Face' Hanging Bowl Mount 018701

Anglo-Saxon 'Feral Face' Hanging Bowl Mount
Copper-alloy, gilt, 9.56 grams, 36.00 mm. 6th-7th century AD. An unusual looped bowl mount with some of its heavy gilding still in place. The sub-rectangular plate is cast with an embossed elliptical panel below the junction of the loop, decorated with incised eye and mouth detail. The edges bear incised linear features which extend from the sides of the face onto the plate itself where they are confined within an incised border. The features are reminiscent of the 'ancestral' faces on the whetstone from Sutton Hoo Mound 1 where an array of grim masks are portrayed with various permutations of full beards, 'mutton chops' and long hair radiating from the faces. Reference: Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.33. Very fine condition, facial detail worn and difficult to photograph. Provenance: ex old English collection, found Norfolk pre 2000.
£375.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Feral Face' Hanging Bowl Mount 018701
Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount 016821

Extremely Rare Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount
Copper-alloy & silver, 55.38 grams, 72.38 mm. Circa 11th century AD. Comprising a thick silver facing on a copper-alloy backing. The layout of the disc’s surface decoration is similar to the double-contoured rounded lozenges found on the Anglo-Scandinavian Sutton (Isle of Eley) brooch. The motifs consist of fleshy acanthus-leaf ornaments which spring from a truncated stump in involuted scrolls similar to those seen on the Winchester Psalter and other mid-11th century Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The mount has some yellow/ochre enamelling and eight small perforations equally spaced around the rim to facilitate fixing. Reference: Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984, p.110. Fine and extremely rare. The surfaces showing wear and abrasion with some restoration to the edges but much detail still visible. Provenance: found North East England.
£650.00

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Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount 016821
Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 015251

Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount
Copper-alloy, 12.05 grams, 62.88 mm. 7th-8th century AD. A finely detailed cast mount, decorated in Insular Style. A quadrangular chip-carved medial panel features a developed fret motif of interesecting lozenges. From the lower corners of this panel depend two discoid lobes with dished surfaces. Two lateral arms develop from the sides of the panel. The left arm has athick cast rim and contains a panel of geometric knotwork; the right panel is similar but the upper end was damaged in antiquity. Traces of gilding remain in some areas. On the reverse, the attachment points are two cast lugs with horizontal piercings; remains of a third, more substantial lug are present at the bottom behind the rectangular panel. The decoration and overall style of the piece are reminiscent of the 'Strickland mount' from the abbey at Whitby, Yorkshire, dating to the 8th century. Reference: for the Strickland mount, see Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.142 item 107(a). Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Ex an old American collection.
£350.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 015251
Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 5000

Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount
Copper-alloy, 1.18 grams, 21.94 mm. Circa 7th-8th century AD. The mount comprises a rectangular base with two lateral additions in the form of tall gilded spiral cells. The upper and lower terminals are cabochon settings, one with the blue glass insert still in place. The central panel is a gold rectangle with fine gold filigree decoration in the Insular Style. The interlace is reminiscent of the decoration on the outer rim of the largest brooch in the 8th century Pentney hoard, though lacking the zoomorphic element. Reference: Backhouse, J. Turner, D.H. & Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984, p.229-31 item187(e) and cf. Cramp. R. Grammar of Anglo-Saxon Ornament Oxford, 1984, p.xxxii. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Good very fine condition.
£375.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 5000


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