Pommel Cap by Unknown Artist

The Ardleigh 'cocked hat' pommel cap is a thin gold sheath that fitted over the pommel of a high-status sword.


2.3 x 4.2 cm
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.

Venue details

Colchester Castle Castle Park, Colchester Essex CO1 1TJ 01206 282 939 www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle

Entry details

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