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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold sword upper guard-plate, attached directly to the base of pommel 1939,1010.19 by three gold rivets. Two rivets have collars of beaded gold wire, and the third a plain gold hemispherical head. The guard-plate consists of an elongated oval of thin beaten gold, with central slot for the sword tang.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.3 centimetres
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 51.29 grammes (incl pommel no.19)
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1939,1010.95

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.218f-i 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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Image Caption: Detail of hilt

COMPASS Image Caption: Detail of hilt

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