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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold sword guard-plate, the lowermost of the upper pair of guard-plates; acting as a 'tray' for guard-plate 1939,1010.20, to which it is attached by three rivets. This guard-plate consists of an elongated oval of plain gold with an upturned rim and a central slot for the sword tang, encircled by filigree rope underneath.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.5 centimetres
    • Width: 1.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1939,1010.95

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.217a bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2002 13 Mar-26 Sep, Woodbridge, The National Trust-Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Warriors
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    25 February 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light surface clean


    February 2002 Req.No:77314 Dirty and dusty. CRB

    Treatment details

    February 2002 Cleaned with acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. CRB

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,28 (former number)
COMPASS Image Caption: Detail of hilt

COMPASS Image Caption: Detail of hilt

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