Viking / Anglo-Scandinavian Stirrup Mounts for sale

Stirrup-mounts are a distinctive artefact type introduced into Anglo-Saxon England in the 10th century, probably replacing an organic form of suspension. The word ‘stirrup’ derives from Old English stigerap, ‘climbing rope’, implying that early stirrups were made as simple leather straps. The metal fittings are made as either rectangular or (sub-)triangular, with a narrow flange on the lower edge. There are many different styles of decoration, some common and others very rare. They represent an inexpensive means of acquiring original Anglo-Scandinavian or Viking art and you will find many interesting examples within these pages.

Customers and site-visitors may have noticed that the Anglo-Saxon site pages have been revised. As part of our ongoing programme of improving the quality and reliability of our site, the ‘Viking’ pages are been amended in the light of further detailed research. We aim to roll this out across the rest of the site in due course. Please check back for updates.

Viking antiquities Main MenuViking antiquities Main Menu


Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3, Group 3' Bronze Stirrup Mount 028153

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3, Group 3' Bronze Stirrup Mount
Bronze, 13.39 grams, 31.13 mm. 11th century AD. A cast bronze stirrup mount of Williams's type 3 group 3 with male face. Reference: see Williams, D. Late Saxon stirrup-strap mounts. Fair condition, fragmentary. Provenance: ex Penfold collection, discovered 'mudlarking' on Thames foreshore, 1970s-80s.

more info
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3, Group 3' Bronze Stirrup Mount 028153
Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 13' Stirrup Mount 025013

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 13' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 16.34 grams, 46.46 mm. 11th century AD. A cast stirrup mount of Williams’s Type 13 formed as a pentagonal plate with central lozengiform recess. There is a hole in the upper pentagonal lobe, another above the base and two more in the lateral lobes with domed rivet-heads. There is a broad ledge to the rear with stepped corners. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts, CBA Research Report 111, London, 1997 items 338-40. Fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK
£120.00

more info

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 13' Stirrup Mount 025013
Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount 025279

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 15.90 grams, 47.49 mm. 11th century AD. A cast stirrup mount of Williams’s Type 5 formed as a pentagonal plate with two tendrils above, each with a scrolled end, joining at the apex to form a beast-head with the attachment loop in its mouth. There is a narrow ledge to the lower rear with two rivet holes above this; there are ferrous deposits where one rivet degenerated. The edges of the pentagonal plate are decorated with lines of punched-point detail which extend to surround the rivet hole. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts, CBA Research Report 111, London, 1997 items 95 (punched point ornament) and 92 (single rivet hole). Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£90.00

more info

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount 025279
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3 Group 3' Stirrup Mount 024944

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3 Group 3' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 3.75 grams, 21.05 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A miniature cast copper-alloy mount, D-shaped with beast-head modelled in the half-round close to the upper edge, pierced symmetrically in three places for attachment. The design is based on stirrup mounts of Type 3 Group 3 with animal-head designs. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts, p.438. Fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, UK.
£60.00

more info

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 3 Group 3' Stirrup Mount 024944
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount 024002

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 23.57 grams, 54.03 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy stirrup mount of Williams's Type 5 formed as a pentagonal plate with two tendrils above, each with a scrolled end, joining at the apex to form a beast-head with the attachment loop in its mouth. The T-shaped ledge to the lower rear is crisply cast, and the single rivet hole is placed above this; there are traces of ferrous deposits where the rivet entered. The edges of the pentagonal plate are decorated with lines of punched-point detail which extend to surround the rivet hole. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts, CBA Research Report 111, London, 1997 items 95 (punched point ornament) and 92 (single rivet hole). Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Bedfordshire, UK.
£90.00

more info

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Type 5' Stirrup Mount 024002
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 1 Group 1' Stirrup Mount 023174

Rare Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 1 Group 1' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 17.86 grams, 37.35 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy stirrup mount of Williams' Class B Type 1 Group 1. Unusually, it is formed with everted animal-head extensions at the top, a feature usually found on Class A Type 8 mounts. The plate is decorated with ribbing around the voids. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts - A Classification and Catalogue, CBA Research Report 111, Oxford, 1997, items 387 and 395. Very fine condition. Provenance: found in northeast Lincolnshire.
£145.00

more info

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 1 Group 1' Stirrup Mount 023174
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B' Openwork Stirrup Mount 022462

Very Rare Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B' Openwork Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 32.02 grams, 47.50 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy stirrup mount of Williams's Class B Type 3 Group 1. The triangular upper section is ribbed on the outer edges and the main plate bears a moulded bear's head with openwork ears. The flange on the rear of the lower edge is rivetted to the remains of the bracket. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts, CBA Research Report 111, London, 1997 item 427. Very fine condition, complete and in an uncleaned 'as found' state of preservation. Provenance: found near Eye, Norfolk, England.

more info
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B' Openwork Stirrup Mount 022462
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 3' Stirrup Mount 022819

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 3' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 15.52 grams, 41.73 mm. 11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy openwork stirrup mount of rectangular profile featuring a single beast-head motif modelled in the half-round, with two circular holes above. The lateral edges are crimped, the lower ledge protrudes at a shallow angle from the bottom of the main plate and is pierced in two places to accept attachment rivets. At the top, a small lobe extends to accept a third attachment rivet, still in place. Stirrup mounts formed part of the Late Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian riding equipment, possibly connected to the increased importance of horsemen in 11th century warfare. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts – A Classification and Catalogue, CBA Research Report 111, Oxford, 1997, p.93. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Wiltshire, England.
£145.00

more info

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Class B Type 3' Stirrup Mount 022819
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking ‘Urnes Style’ Stirrup Mount 015020

Late Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking ‘Urnes Style’Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 31.24 grams, 54.12 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A sub triangular Anglo-Scandinavian mount of Williams’s Class A Type 10 bearing decoration in the Urnes style, from the apex of a rider’s stirrup. The central panel bears the standard form of coiled serpent which is characteristic of the later 11th century Urnes art style. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts – A Classification and Catalogue, CBA Research Report 111, Oxford, 1997, p.53ff. Fine condition.

more info
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking ‘Urnes Style’ Stirrup Mount 015020
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Latticed Openwork' Stirrup Mount 017604

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Latticed Openwork' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 18.78 grams, 48.52 mm. Circa 10th - 11th century AD. This type of Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup-mount - Williams's Class A Type 12 - with latticework detailing on the outer face may be found in both closed and openwork versions. The present example was cast as a closed mount but the upper lozenge has been opened fully and one of the others shows signs of piercing. The mount is formed as a lozenge with an internal saltire, with raised bosses across the three central points. The upper mounting plate is complete and the rivet-hole is intact. The rear flange is complete with a piercing for attachment, filled with remains of the rivet. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts - A Classification and Catalogue, CBA Research Report 111, Oxford, 1997, p.71ff. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, England.

more info
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Latticed Openwork' Stirrup Mount 017604
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Openwork' Stirrup Mount 018103

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Openwork' Stirrup Mount
Copper-alloy, 17.22 grams, 41.62 mm. 11th century AD. A late Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup mount of Williams's Class A (unclassified). The plate is subtriangular with convex sides and two attachment points in the thickened lower edge. The original design can be detected by the regular disposition of the openwork perforations. Reference: Williams, D. Late Saxon Stirrup Mounts - A Classification and Catalogue, CBA Research Report III, York, 1997, fig.51 item 371. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Tilbury, Essex, England.
£75.00

more info

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Openwork' Stirrup Mount 018103


Back to previous page largerBack to previous page