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A small but pleasant Roman Military bronze "Propeller Shaped" belt stiffener applique. SOLD
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c.3rd/4th Century A.D. A small but pleasant Roman Military bronze belt stiffener applique originally excavated in Germany and from an old London Collection. Of typical propellor shape with central concentric annulet design and a rivet in each arm for fixing to leather belt. This applique was most likely once part of a sword or dagger belt. [Roman leather was quite soft so these decorative plates were rivetted all along the length of the belt as a form of decoration, to allow flexibility but also at the same time give strength and rigidity to the leather]. Probably once gilded or silvered but now just exhibiting a pleasant overall dark green patination, in nice overall condition and a pleasant example, 29mm long x 14mm wide.