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Middle Saxon; late 8th - mid-9th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Vikings
Half of an upper sword hilt guard made from bone. It has two flat faces made from two layers of bone riveted together. There is a slot for the tang of the sword. The side is decorated with four lines spaced to diguise the join between the two bone pieces. Anglo-Saxon swords were often fitted with hilts made of bone, antler or even wood. The hilts had guards to protect the hand. A lower hilt guard (ROP95) was found on the same site and is possibly part of the same sword.
L 75 mm; W 15 mm
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