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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Mineralised fragments of a wooden sword-sheath or scabbard, in situ on the blade of sword 1939,1010.95. The scabbard comprises a layer of willow or poplar wood, with remains of an animal-fur lining of indeterminate species. The upper part of the scabbard carries the remains of a linen braid binding, wrapped around the scabbard down to the depressions for scabbard bosses 1939,1010.26-27, with another wrapped section below the depressions moving upwards towards them. A tapering piece of wood of indeterminate function extends down the blade from the scabbard mouth for a length of 184mm. Traces of a coarser textile and impressions of two braid coils are visible on the back of the sword scabbard, along with the impression of rectangular buckle 1939,1010.11.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Thickness: 2 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Cameron (2000, p. 97) observed no trace of animal skin or leather on the scabbard's surface.

  • Bibliography

    • Cameron 2000 cat. no. 87 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sA

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,28 (former number)
COMPASS Title: Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo;Sword;Sword

COMPASS Title: Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo;Sword;Sword

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