Tinned? copper-alloy shield-on-tongue buckle, plate and belt plate
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Tinned bronze buckle, plate and belt-plate. Buckle and plate, length 8.5cm. Convex oval loop with slight ridges to provide emplacement for tongue-tip. Rather flat tongue with broad plain shield on back. Loop and tongue attached to plate by means of pierced lugs which engaged with similar lugs at top of plate and are held by an iron bolt. Plate a curved triangle with slight lobes at sides near top angle and at foot; slight projection half-way between. These lobes pierced by rivets, non-functional behind, which served to anchor decorative domed bosses, now missing, but whose imprints remain. Plate fastened to belt behind by means of 3 pierced lugs, for sewing or for transverse rivets. Plate decorated on front by rectangular panel or lightly scratched 2-strand interlace, the spaces between filled by rows of punched dots, bordered by scratched parallel line borders, and flanked by dotted undulating design between dotted border and single scratched grooves. Another undulating line of dots at right-angles at foot of plate.Rectangular belt-plate, length 3.7 x 3.11 cm. Large rivet holes in corners for the non-functional rivets securing missing domed bosses, whose traces are there still though less distinct than on the buckle plate. 4 fixing lugs behind to attach it to belt. Decoration on front similar to that on the buckle plate. Both plates slightly hollowed behind.