Ancient Roman Military Antiquities for Sale

The Roman Legion was the first paid full time professional army in the world. This ultimate military machine was the catalyst that spread Roman conquest and civilization throughout the known world. The core of the Roman legion consisted of heavily armored infantry. Disciplined and well trained Legionaries fought in closed ranks against many warrior based armies, where each man fought for personal glory. With superior tactics and organization, designed specifically for technology such as the Gladius, the Legion was an unstoppable force for nearly a millennium.

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Roman 'Wolf's Head' Harness Mount 022535

Roman 'Wolf's Head' Harness Mount
Copper-alloy, 39.65 grams, 49.25 mm. Circa 1st-2nd century AD. A cast copper-alloy harness mount in the shape of a wolf's head flanked by curved arms attached to a transverse bar below. The head is shown facing with annular eyes and tongue-shaped ears, each with a triangular recess. To the reverse, there is a sturdy D-shaped loop for attachment to the harness. The form is derived from the common heart-shaped mounts and pendants found on the equipment of early Roman cavalry regiments. Reference: Appels, A. & Laycock, S. Roman Buckles and Military Fittings, Witham, 2007, p.121. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old Cambridgeshire collection.
£225.00

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Roman 'Wolf's Head' Harness Mount 022535
Roman 'Closed Loop' Dolphin Buckle and Plate 024243

Roman 'Closed Loop' Dolphin Buckle and Plate
Copper-alloy, 16.68 grams, 40.23 mm. Circa 3rd-4th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle loop with tongue and plate. The loop is cast closed with opposed dolphin-head details flanking the couch. The couch is a ribbed bead between the open mouths of the beasts, which extend in a curve to form the loop. The tongue is flat and triangular. The plate is rectangular with three rivet holes and lightly incised linear ornament; two straps on the forward edge are rolled around the rear of the loop, and the tongue is set between them. Reference: Appels, A. & Laycock, S. Roman Buckles and Military Fittings, Witham, 2007, p.183 item SL4-48. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Roman 'Closed Loop' Dolphin Buckle and Plate 024243
Romano-British 'Openwork' Pommel Cap 023998

Romano-British 'Openwork' Pommel Cap
Copper-alloy, 9.53 grams, 26.84 mm. Circa 1st century AD. A cast coppoer-alloy pommel cap, domed and hollow to the reverse. The large central hole is surrounded by two rows of circular piercings in the segmented surface. To the base, the narrow flange is pierced in two places. Reference: cf. domed armour components in Bishop, M.C. & Coulston, J.C.N. Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, Oxford, 2006 fig.56 and cf. pommel on the sword model from Saint-Marcel in fig.102. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Bedfordshire, UK.

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Romano-British 'Openwork' Pommel Cap 023998
Roman 'Enamelled' Strap Fitting 023030

Roman 'Enamelled' Strap Fitting
Copper-alloy, 14.58 grams, 21.03 mm. Circa 2nd-3rd century AD. A cast copper-alloy fitting, rectangular in plan and triangular in section. the upper faces each bear a thick border with triangular cells inside, to accept enamel fill. the underside is hollow, with the remains of the attachment peg and button fastener inside. Reference: identified by Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquity Scheme. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at Hambleton, Yorkshire, UK and recorded with the PAS under reference SWYOR-C5CB54, with associated documentation.

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Roman 'Enamelled' Strap Fitting 023030
Roman 'Scrolled' Belt Mount 023358

Roman 'Scrolled' Belt Mount
Copper-alloy, 7.40 grams, 48.93 mm. Circa 5th century AD. A cast copper-alloy lozengiform military belt plate with chip-carved decoration. The plate is pierced in two places close to the narrow ends, which are thicker than the plate, possibly due to casting limitations. The surface is decorated with a tight overall scroll pattern regularly laid out. The decoration resembles that on a Late Roman military strap end from Ratae Coritanorum, near Leicester. Reference: cf. the Ratae Coritanorum strap end in Hawkes, S. C. Soldiers and Settlers in Fourth to Fifth Century Britain in Medieval Archaeology, 1961 fig.23a. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Toothill, Essex, UK.
£175.00

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Roman 'Scrolled' Belt Mount 023358
Roman 'Enamelled' Bronze Belt Mount 023473

Roman 'Enamelled' Bronze Belt Mount
Copper-alloy, 2.07 grams, 37.51 mm. Circa 1st to 3rd century AD. A belt mount enamelled with a red eye at either end. Very fine condition. Provenance: property of a deceased detectorist, found Whitecliff Down, Brixton Deverill, Wiltshire, 1921 (with old label).

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Roman 'Enamelled' Bronze Belt Mount 023473
Roman 'Octagonal-Hilted Cultellus' Knife 017100

Rare Roman ‘Octagonal-Hilted Cultellus’ Knife
Iron and copper-alloy, 80 grams, 149.84 mm. 1st-4th century AD. A Roman cultellus, a culter or single-sided knife. The ferrous blade (almost 8 cm long) has a thick back narrowing sharply to an obtuse point. The hilt is octagonal in section for most of its length, with a single integral copper-alloy crossguard. The upper end of the hilt is in the form of a ridged dome. The design of the knife makes it perfect for fine control in paring and scraping. Reference: cf. the larger example from Croatia in Appels, A. & Laycock, S. Roman Buckles and Military Fittings, Witham, 2007, p.141. Very fine condition, rare to find with blade in tact and stable. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£495.00

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Roman 'Octagonal-Hilted Cultellus' Knife 017100


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