Saxon 'Epigraphic' Knife Bolster and Tang 024789

Saxon 'Epigraphic' Knife Bolster and Tang 024789
Rare Saxon 'Epigraphic' Knife Bolster and Tang
Silver and iron, 4.97 grams, 26.73 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A fragment of iron knife blade and tang encircled with a silver bolster. To the upper edge, the bolster has a slightly everted lip and 2.5mm border with hatched texture; to the lower edge there is a similar border 0.5mm wide and vertical strips to the corners. The four faces bear incuse text within rectangular panels: ':D/ORG/P/AX'; the lettering is typical of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman coins of the later 11th century AD. Reference: cf. epigraphic finger ring from Lancashire in Smith, R.A. British Museum Guide to Anglo-Saxon Antiquities, reprinted Ipswich, 1993 fig.145. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1989 inventory no.89.282 / cat.573.


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