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Belt buckle and chape
  • Belt buckle and chape
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Vienna or Paris, probably
  • 19th century (probably)
  • Bronze, gold, silver and silk, engraved, chiselled, gilded and incised
  • Weight: 0.32 kg
  • Inscription: 'I B S' and '1709'
  • A1070
  • Reserve Vault 2
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Buckle and chape of a belt, the two elongated mounts, are of bronze elaborately chiselled and gilt. Each terminates with the whole-length figures of a saint in low relief, and open tracery above between the raised sides which end in pairs of monsters' heads bent backwards; the sides and back engraved with running foliage and flowers. The large, oval buckle carries a band of silver pierced and decorated with recumbant figures and flowers. The one with a knife is probably St. Bartholomew, the other with a saw, probably St. Joseph or St. Simon Zelotes. The tongue is shaped and chiselled with a demi-figure with an anchor and a bird, probably representing Hope. On the back, roughly incised, are the letters I B S and the date 1709. The buckle and chape are connected together with a short length of silk embroided with gold and silver thread.

    Probably Hungarian or Polish, before 1709.

    A buckle and chape of like workmanship are reproduced by Gay, Glossaire Archéologique, p. 293. They bear the name of Adam Stache, and the date 1667, and passed to the collection of Dr. Figdor of Vienna.