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

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.

Colchester Castle

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
01206 282 939

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Daily, 10am – 5pm (Sun from 11am)

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