The Wallace Collection

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Sword belt
  • Sword belt
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Leather and steel, etched and blackened
  • Length: 129.5 cm
    Weight: 0.13 kg
  • A1063
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Part of a sword-belt, comprised of a narrow leather strap encircling the waist, tooled with horizontal lines and furnished with mounts of steel etched with scrolled foliage on a blackened ground; the mounts consist of buckle, hinge, chape and three rings for suspension, the latter hang from the belt on pairs of loops with prominent half-round bosses; two of the attachments are free to run on the belt, the third is riveted to it.

    German (Saxon ?), about 1560.

    Provenance: Henry Courant? (un petit ceinturon gravé, 130 fr.; receipted bill, 6 June, 1869); this bill may refer to A1064; Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A number of similar belts were in the Historisches Museum at Dresden.