Bronze hilt guard for a sword

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From Castlehill, Dalry, Ayrshire

Postcard of Bronze hilt guard for a sword.
© National Museums Scotland

Bronze hilt guard for a sword

This bronze hilt guard for a sword was found at the vitrified fort of Castlehill at Dalry in Ayrshire. It was used sometime in the first two centuries AD.

The crown-shaped hilt guard is in good condition.

Gradually swords replaced rapiers, daggers and dirks as the favoured weapon of the elite. With the arrival of iron, tougher and deadlier weapons could be made.

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Online ID: 000-100-041-008-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HH 338
Date: Between 0 and 200 AD
Material: Bronze; trilobed; late Celtic
Dimensions: 2.50" x 0.81" x 0.81"
What: Hilt guard
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Dalry, Castlehill (Howrat)
Description: Bronze hilt guard from Castlehill, Ayrshire
  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 80, 91; vol. 2, no. 142. 
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