Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

Among the 23 items from the Art Institute of Chicago offered at Thomas Del Mar in London on December 2 were two 17th century rapier pommels.

The English or German silver-encrusted pommel above made £160, while the north European pommel with traces of gold damascened ornament took £150.


Ninth century Viking iron pommel - £2600 at Thomas Del Mar.

From a different source came the 9th century Viking iron pommel with traces of silver line inlay which made £2600.