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Sibertswold Downs Grave 177
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No tumulus; grave, two feet and a half deep; bones almost gone; no appearance of a coffin. Near the skull was a small brass ringle; about the middle of the grave was a very large conical iron umbo of a shield [M 6537]; an iron cross-piece, as before; the blade of a knife; a small iron buckle and shank; a short sword, or dagger [M 6305], with a very curious brass pommel [M 6532]; some bits of leather; a piece of doubled brass; and some narrow, small, and thin plates of brass, all of which may be supposed to have belonged to the scabbard.It is extremely rare to meet with the pommels of Saxon swords and daggers. The dimensions of this example are given by Mr. Faussett as follows: whole length of the strig, five inches and three-quarters; breadth of the shoulder next the blade, three-quarters of an inch; blade, thirteen inches and a quarter long; breadth near the strig, one inch and three-eighths. Of the richer kinds of Saxon sword handles I have published two examples, both from Kent; see Archæologia, vol. xxx, pi. xl, and Collectanea Antiqua, vol. ii, pi. xxxviii. A third, discovered on Chessell Down in the Isle of Wight, by Mr. Hillier, closely resembles those from Kent. It will appear in the fourth volume of the Collectanea.- C.R.S.
Date excavated9th August, 1772
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