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Buckle with iron loop and inlaid copper-alloy tongue

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posted on 26.10.2021, 19:45 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze tongue of an iron buckle, length 2cm. A waisted bronze tongue with a cast wedge-shaped cell on the back set with a flat garnet, seemingly rather thick and set on gold foil deep down. This cell is flush with the back of the tongue, but has projecting from it at either side a bronze 'wing' on a lower plane: these are flat 1.5mm thick, and 5mm wide. On underside of cast cell is a bronze rolled hook containing remains of an iron spring coil.Originally, it seems, this bronze fitting was part of a rectangular iron buckle - there is much iron adhering to underside of tongue-tip and to back of cell. Possibly the buckle was originally bronze and broken - cut down - and remounted in this freakish way. The iron loop has not survived.

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Grave ID

Kingston Down Grave 131

Object ID

M6290

Catalogue Number

M 6290

Material

copper alloy, iron, inlay, garnet, gold (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, iron, garnet, gold foil) (Antiquarian Material; brass, iron, garnet)

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buckle (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; buckle) (Antiquarian Keyword; buckle)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

buckle

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