Gladius Scabbard Plate

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Roman bel;t pugio attachment

Location Discovered Balkans
Material  Silvered Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 4.7cm long x 2.7cm wide

1.0 mm thick.

Roman Empire Early 1st Century-  Early 2nd Century


Bronze Pugio/Dagger belt attachment piece, with parts of hinge remaining.  The item is covered in a green patina, most likely from a wet environment. The piece has the silvering remains of a floral design that once covered the knob, and probably the rest of the item.  The base of the item has a design similar in shape to the segmentata linges, so is consistent with that period.

This item acted as a connector piece for part the belt kit which a legionary had.  Unfortunately the remainder of the belt is long lost to history. 

-drawings by Mike Bishop

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(1) (1) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; The Legionary, page 25 2000.

(2) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 108 2006.

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.