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    Gold clip from the lower end of the sword-grip. The clip has a straight back and curved sides, and is decorated with filigree S-scrolls. Three gold rivets secure it to the sword-grip. One of two such clips, with 1939,1010.25.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC -7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2 centimetres
    • Width: 1.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 2.04 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1939,1010.95

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.225 bibliographic details
  • 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

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    Treatment date

    25 February 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light surface clean


    February 2002 Req.No:77314 Dirty and dusty. There is some soil and other debris in the filigree decoration. CRB

    Treatment details

    February 2002 Cleaned with acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. Removed some of the dirt and debris in the filigree detail using a pin vice and puffer. CRB

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

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

COMPASS Image Caption: Detail of hilt

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