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The Ardleigh 'cocked hat' pommel cap is a thin gold sheath that fitted over the pommel of a high-status sword.
Pommel Cap by Anglo-Saxon, circa 575-625
© Colchester Castle Museum
- Gold Dimensions: 2.3 x 4.2cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,750 ( Total: £6,500)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
It is a rare and striking example of Anglo-Saxon metalwork from the 'East Saxon' region, and is decorated with fine-quality filigree ornament including zoomorphs, quatrefoil knots and interlace. This form of pommel is found mainly in eastern Scandinavia, as well as in Kent, east and north-east England, the Danube headwaters and northern Italy.
Discovered in 2003 by a metal detectorist at Ardleigh, near Colchester, Essex, and declared Treasure in 2005.