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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.

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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.