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Belt - snake belt

snake belt

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Webbing and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs James Leahy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mass-produced 'snake' belts like this one were one of the most popular, affordable and widely found items of boys' clothing between the 1920s and the 1960s. They then became a unisex item of clothing, and are still popular with children today.

S shaped clasps, suggesting a snake, are of much older origin, dating back to at least the 16th century, and at that point would be worn by adults and children alike.

Physical description

Belt of greeen and red horizontally striped webbing, fastening with an S-shaped metal clasp suggesting a snake, linking two looped metal terminals.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


ca. 1925 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Webbing and metal


Length: 85.1 cm

Object history note

Worn by the donor's brother, Charles Wriothesley Noel Atkinson, born 19/05/1918

Descriptive line

'Snake' belt of striped webbing, for a boy; made in the UK, ca. 1925


Webbing; Metal


Stitching; Moulding


Children's clothes; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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