The strap fitting is a high status object, to be associated with a royal rank in Anglo-Saxon society.

The fitting was functional and would have been attached to the suspension straps of a sword or seax scabbard where they tightened the scabbard suspension loop.


Discovered by a metal detector user near Dorchester and declared Treasure in 2003.

Dorset County Museum

High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
01305 262 735

Opening times

1 Apr – 31 Oct
Mon – Sat, 10am ​– 5pm

19 July – 13 Sept
Sun, 11am ​– 4pm

1 Nov – 31 Mar
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Closed 25 – 27 Dec

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