An Anglo-Saxon gold pommel cap with Style II interlace
Provenance: Found in Wellingore, Lincolnshire, 2003. Treasure reference no. T258, accompanied by a report. Disclaimed as Treasure by the Crown.
Literature: This pommel cap appears to be transitional between the flatter sword pommels of the Menghin's Group C (Typ Krefeld-Gellep - Stora Sandviken) and the developed 'cocked hat' pommels of his Group E (Typ Beckum/Vallstenarum: Wilfrid Menghin, Das Schwert im Frühen Mittelalter, (Stuttgart 1983), pp.311 & 313, and maps 2 & 3. Both groups contain high status sword pommels of the late 6th and early 7th Centuries A.D., whose distribution ranges from eastern Scandinavia to the Langobardic territories of northern Italy. A comparison can be made between this pommel and the one found in Aldbrough, East Yorkshire in 1997, which falls into Menghin's Group E. The slightly differing and more lax composition of the zoomorphic interlace on the Wellingore example suggests an earlier date than that of the Aldbrough example. For the Aldbrough example see Treasure Annual Report 1998-1999, p.34, fig.60.