British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

The pommel and hilt fittings are decorated with intricate Celtic knotwork and set with garnets. They were purchased for UKĀ£125,000 with the help of money donated by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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