Difference between revisions of "Pommel"

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* brazil nut - sideways attached 'nut'. Appears at the end of the [[10th century]] and remains in use until well into the [[13th century]]. Some of these were made of [[bronze]]
 
* brazil nut - sideways attached 'nut'. Appears at the end of the [[10th century]] and remains in use until well into the [[13th century]]. Some of these were made of [[bronze]]
 
* disc - flattish [[iron]] disc. Appears at the end of the [[10th century]] to be replaced by 'true' wheel pommels.
 
* disc - flattish [[iron]] disc. Appears at the end of the [[10th century]] to be replaced by 'true' wheel pommels.
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[[image:pommel.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Replica 15th arming sword with fishtail pommel.]]
 
* wheel - a thick disc shaped pommel (oftimes dished on the side)that replaced the flat disc in the [[12th century]] beginning in southern [[Europe]] possibly spreading with returning [[Crusades|Crusaders]]. Some of these were made of [[bronze]] or rock crystal.
 
* wheel - a thick disc shaped pommel (oftimes dished on the side)that replaced the flat disc in the [[12th century]] beginning in southern [[Europe]] possibly spreading with returning [[Crusades|Crusaders]]. Some of these were made of [[bronze]] or rock crystal.
 
* ball - solid ball. Appearing in the [[13th century]] and found in use beyond the [[17th century]].  
 
* ball - solid ball. Appearing in the [[13th century]] and found in use beyond the [[17th century]].  

Latest revision as of 17:42, 11 March 2006

A pommel is a counterweight added to the end of a sword. Predominately iron or steel but also of bronze and even precious metals and crystal are known at various times.

Pommels might have incised or inlaid decorations but this is very rare after about the 11th century.

The equivalent end of a dagger might also be termed a pommel.

Sword Pommel Shapes

Replica Viking hilts showing cocked hat and lobed pommels.

The shapes vary considerably. Some examples of types are mentioned below:

Replica 15th arming sword with fishtail pommel.