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  • Place of origin:

    Scandinavia (Possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilded metal set with coloured pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This elaborate buckle was acquired in Cairo in 1884. It was originally probably part of the traditional costume of a woman from northern Europe. All the individual elements - the raised domes made from leaves, the extension chain, the pendant acorn, the decorative buckle - are characteristic of the kind of belt which was worn in Germany or the Nordic region in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Physical description

Two belt fittings made of gilded metal. Each consists of a hollow slide, open at one end, which would have slid over the end of a leather belt, with a hole on the back, near the opening, by which the belt would have been held securely in place. On the front of each is a row of rings, each supporting a dome of four leaves with a red, green or blue paste set in the top. There are four raised domes on one slide, and five on the other. The slide with four domes has a buckle at the end, made of pierced gilt metal set with a blue paste. The slide with five domes has a small ring at its end, through which hangs a short length of chain with a gilt metal acorn hanging from the end.

Place of Origin

Scandinavia (Possibly, made)


1800-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gilded metal set with coloured pastes


Length: 104 mm chain, Width: 19 mm

Descriptive line

Two parts of a gilded metal belt set with coloured pastes, northern Europe, 1800-1850.


Gilt; Paste

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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