Element record L7355 - Anglo-Saxon sword scabbard fitting, Collingham


FINDSPOT (Early Medieval)


Grid reference SK 83489 57989 (point)
Map sheet SK85NW
District Newark
Civil Parish Collingham, Newark


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Pyramidal scabbard fitting of heavy gold sheet with inlaid cabochon and cloisonne garnets, the interior filled with compacted sandy soil and copper-alloy corrosion products. Three garnets are missing and one is fractured, with the upper part missing. The fitting, typically, is in the form of a truncated pyramid with an empty square setting at the apex. This probably originally contained a square-cut plate garnet. Each of the four faces has filigree wire borders and is decorated with a matching design of five garnets: a large, high quality and well formed cabochon is placed at the centre, with a rectangular garnet above and below it and a curved garnet to either side. The garnets are, with the exception of one cabochon, set over pointille gold foil. Between the garnets the fields are filled with grouped filigree rosettes. At each corner of the base is an oval cell containing a single finely cut and polished tear-drop garnet which, like the cabochons, is of exceptional quality. Pyramidal fittings were used on straps that held a scabbarded sword to the sword-belt. Most are plain and made in either copper-alloy or silver, but a very small group are inlaid. Dates from the first half of C7. (2)

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(1) Parish File

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

Parish File

<1> Nottingham Evening Post, 29/03/2000, Nottingham Evening Post (Published document). SNT1922.

<2> DCMS, 2001, Treasure Annual Report 1998-1999, pp 36-7 (Published document). SNT1923.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Nottingham Evening Post. 29/03/2000. Nottingham Evening Post.
  • <2> Published document: DCMS. 2001. Treasure Annual Report 1998-1999. pp 36-7.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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