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Auction: Antiquities
was auctioned on: 3 September 2014
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Merovingian Frankish Gold and Garnet Sword Sheath Mount

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$2,446 - US$3,261
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 0378, Views: 65

MEROVINGIAN FRANKISH GOLD AND GARNET SWORD SHEATH MOUNT 5th-6th century AD A right-angled mount decorated on the outer face with triangular gold cells and cloison garnets; two rivets to the end for attachment to the frame of the sheath, accretion from the iron blade remaining. 21 grams, 88mm (3 1/2"). Very fine condition. Provenance Ex Hiller collection, acquired in the 1950s. Literature Cf. the right-angled cloisonné mounts from the scabbard of the knife associated with Childeric in Arrhenius, B. Merovingian Garnet Jewellery, Stockholm, 1985, fig.116. Footnotes A similar mount, with rather more complex cloisonne design, formed part of the burial furniture of King Childeric I at Tournai; Childeric was the founder of the Frankish Merovingian dynasty who died circa 481 AD.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Timeline Auctions
Title: Antiquities
Date of the auction: 3 Sep 2014
Address: Timeline Auctions
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