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Copper-alloy buckle and plate with gold-foil and inlays

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posted on 2021-10-27, 17:52 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Fragmentary remains of gold and garnet set buckle; tiny loop 1.3cm wide, apparently of bronze but with traces of gold foil overlay or very thick gilding. Tongue corroded, but on back a squat T-shaped gold plate decorated with very fine filigree plait border and inner beading; extra plait band across base inside beaded wire, then the inner panel contains an omega shaped filigree wire motif - heart shaped with inturned spiral coils, flanked by tiny spirals outside. The plate is practically missing, but what survives is set on wax base - a rectangular garnet without frame, then a rectangular garnet with rectangular open centre, set on plate of chequered foil which extends for the width of another such garnet beyond it.The Museum has a watercolour sketch of this in a more complete state, either as found or as reconstructed. It shows a plate on which the whole is gold, and the plate has cells containing in order from tongue end, the rectangular garnet, then two hollow square garnets with rectangular blue stones in white matrix inside. The end of the plate stepped down and having 3 rivets. A perfectly plausible reconstruction, in fact, but whether genuine or not impossible to say.


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copper alloy, gold, garnet, inlay (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; gold foil, garnet, bronze, stone) (Antiquarian Material; N/A)

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buckle plate (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; buckle plate) (Antiquarian Keyword; N/A)




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