A copper-alloy sword pommel found near Snibstone, Leicestershire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Sword Pommel (LEIC-9158C3)
A copper-alloy sword pommel found near Snibstone, Leicestershire
The pommel is probably a late development of Petersen’s type X which encompases transitional to medieval forms. Copper-alloy pommels with this basic shape are rare but not unknown in Viking Age Europe with a reasonably close example from Lough Derg, County Tipperary, in the National Museum of Ireland. The symmetrical Ringerike-style engraving is very similar to decoration commonly found on stirrup-strap mounts of the eleventh century.