Baldric Belt Tip

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Roman Legionary baldric belt tip



Location Discovered SIRMIUM old Roman city in Serbia. (Sremska Mitrovica
Material  Silvered Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 4.8cm long x 2.1cm wide

1mm thick near attachment area

2mm thick remainder of tip

Roman Empire 4th Century AD

A bronze amphora shaped belt tip/terminal as part of the Baldric suspension method.  There are five dots in a typical "dice" pattern.  This is followed by two handle like area to the "amphora".  One bronze rivet still remains at the end where it would have attached to the leather belt tip. 

The belt was an important part of the Roman Legionary's equipment and during the 4th Century they were still highly decorated and works of art unto their own. (1)(2)

-pictures by Mike C BISHOP 

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Complete Set View (2)

Specific area View (2)

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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 196 2002.

(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 160,219&223 2006.

**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014