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Alemannic 'Silver-Inlaid' Belt Buckle 027391

Very Rare Alemannic 'Silver-Inlaid' Belt Buckle
Iron, 75 grams, 12 cm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A belt buckle set of triangular type comprising: tapering plate pierced in three places to accept large domed rivets, with strap to the reverse; tongue of 'shield' type with front edge curved over the loop; loop of D-shape; the whole buckle inlaid with silver wire in the Tauschierung technique with radiating bands to the loop, geometric squares, loops and crosses to the tongue and panels of guilloche, meander and radiating semicircles to the plate. Reference: cf. Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, p.427. Fine condition, uncleaned. Provenance: from an old London collection, formed in the late 1990s.
£1,500.00

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Alemannic 'Silver-Inlaid' Belt Buckle 027391
Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026293

Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle
Copper-alloy, 26 grams, 83 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A small concave-sided buckle-plate decorated with regularly placed ring-and-dot motifs and integral rectangular loop, the tongue of shield-on-tongue type with outer end curved over the loop, two pierced attachment lugs on the reverse. References: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: ex Gorny & Mosch, Munich.

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Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026293
Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026292

Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle
Copper-alloy, 75 grams, 100 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A large tongue-shaped buckle-plate with integral rectangular raised loop, the tongue of shield-on-tongue type with outer end curved over the loop, three pierced attachment lugs on the reverse. References: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: ex Gorny & Mosch, Munich.
£105.00

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Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026292
Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026291

Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle
Copper-alloy, 38 grams, 79 mm. Circa 6th-7th century AD. A small tongue-shaped buckle-plate with integral rectangular loop, the tongue of shield-on-tongue type with outer end curved over the loop, two attachment lugs on the reverse. References: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: ex Gorny & Mosch, Munich.

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Visigothic ‘Plate’ Buckle 026291
Visigothic 'Openwork' Buckle 024492

Visigothic 'Openwork' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 22.75 grams, 74.15 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy belt buckle with integral plate. The loop is rectangular in plan and the plate is formed with concave sides and pointed rear edge, open to the centre. The tongue is formed with a curled tip to fit over the forward edge of the loop, and with a shield-shaped element to the rear. To the reverse are three pierced attachment lugs. Reference: cf. buckle from Badajoz region in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item IX.1.2. Very fine condition, intact. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Visigothic 'Openwork' Buckle 024492
Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024491

Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 70 grams, 102.10 mm. Circa 7th century AD. A cast copper-alloy belt buckle with integral plate. The loop is square in plan and narrow on the forward edge. The plate is formed flat and tongue-shaped with three pierced lugs to the reverse. The tongue is formed with a curled tip to fit over the forward edge of the loop, and with a shield-shaped element to the rear; it is attached to the plate by a rivet. Reference: cf. more ornate buckle of unknown Spanish provenance in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item IX.6.2. Very fine condition, intact. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024491
Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024493

Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 70 grams, 100.93 mm. Circa 7th century AD. A cast copper-alloy belt buckle with integral plate. The loop is square in plan with chamfered inner face to the forward edge of the slot. The plate is formed flat and tongue-shaped with three pierced lugs to the reverse. The tongue is formed with a curled tip to fit over the forward edge of the loop, and with a shield-shaped element to the rear. Reference: cf. more ornate buckle of unknown Spanish provenance in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item IX.6.2. Very fine condition, intact. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024493
Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024494

Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 58.38 grams, 99.88 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy belt buckle with integral plate. The loop is square in plan with rounded corners to the slot. The plate is formed with concave sides and pointed rear edge, slightly dished. The tongue is formed with a curled tip to fit over the forward edge of the loop, and with a shield-shaped element to the rear. To the reverse are three pierced attachment lugs. Reference: cf. buckle from Badajoz region in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item IX.1.2. Very fine condition, intact. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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Visigothic 'Square Loop' Buckle 024494
Anglo-Saxon 'Shield on Tongue' Buckle Tongue 022379

Anglo-Saxon 'Shield on Tongue' Buckle Tongue
Copper-alloy, 8.40 grams, 34.91 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle tongue with curved tip to sit against the leading edge of the buckle loop. The rear features a block shaped like a violin, a stylistic feature of Merovingian style kidney-shaped buckles (Marzinzik's Type I.2) of the 6th century. The attachment loop on the rear is partly present. Reference: Marzinzik, S. Early Anglo-Saxon Belt Buckles (Late 5th to early 8th Centuries AD) - Their Classification and Context, BAR British Series 357, London, 2003 p.482. Fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
£28.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Shield on Tongue' Buckle Tongue 022379
Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle 010599

Rare Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle
Silver, 35.57 grams, 59.69 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A classic form of Merovingian period belt-buckle with discoid plate. The loop is formed as a dished hollow casting with two lobes flanking the couch for the tongue; the flat upper surface of each is pierced to accept a domed rivet, lost in antiquity. The loop articulates on the forward edge of the plate where the funnel-shaped tongue is attached; the tongue curves downwards over the leading edge of the loop. The plate is hollow cast, pierced by three equidistant dome-headed rivets; the leading edge of the plate develops a slotted strap which curves behind the plate to accept the rearmost rivet. Reference: cf. the buckle from grave 231(96) at Inzing (Bavaria) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, p.420 item VI.3.15.3. Very fine condition, stabilized and conserved, some loss to the rear sidewall. Provenance: from an old collection.
£160.00

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Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle 010599
Anglo-Saxon 'D-Shaped' Buckle 018703

Anglo-Saxon 'D-Shaped' Buckle
Silver, 13.40 grams, 37.39 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A buckle and plate of classic Merovingian style, found across the south-east of England. The loop is cast in thick silver, with D-shaped profile and sub-circular section, thinning on the sides and very narrow behind the plate. The plate is square and quite thick (about 1.5mm) on the outer face, reducing to about 0.5mm on the reverse. The plate is pierced by two silver rivets, which are still in place. The tongue was lost in antiquity, and there is a patch of wear on the loop which indicates where it was in contact. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, p.204-5 items 34.52, 53, 58. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex old English collection, found pre 1999. Lockdales Auction 76, lot 1151. This antiquity is accompanied by an XRF metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.
£175.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'D-Shaped' Buckle 018703
Saxon 'Kidney' Buckle 012038

Saxon 'Kidney' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 15.13 grams, 39.98 mm. 6th century AD. A cast kidney-shaped buckle of dished profile, split beneath the loop. The loop is thickened, with a couch for the tongue and radiating ribbed texture. The tongue is carinated and carries a panel of ribbing at the base, with a longitudinal incision at the tip. Similar to a pair of buckles from the Barrington (Cambridge) cemetery. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals) BAR British Series 230, 1993, pp.203 item 34.41. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection.
£75.00

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Saxon 'Kidney' Buckle 012038
Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle 017797

Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 40.45 grams, 43.89 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A cast D-profile buckle of early Anglo-Saxon type cast in a facetted round section loop. The tongue is cast as a D-section bar with spiral-wound attachment to the loop. At the base of the tongue is a raised quadrangular panel with incised cross-hatching. The buckle is very sturdy and could have been used to fasten a sword-belt. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), BAR British series 230, Oxford, 1993 item 34.43,44 and cf. Down, A. and Welch, M. Chichester Excavations vol.7: Apple Down and the Mardens, Chichester, 1990, p.62 fig.4. Very fine condition. Provenance: found near Braughing, Hertfordshire, England.
£85.00

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Anglo-Saxon 'Shield-on-Tongue' Buckle 017797


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