Legionary Belt/ Cingulum Buckle

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Roman Legionary cingulum belt buckle

Material  Silvered Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 5.0cm long x 3.7cm wide
Roman Empire 1st to 2nd Century AD

A nice bronze Legionary belt/Cingulum buckle with much of the silvered plating remaining.  Iron spindle still remains intact, where it would have attached to other bronze plates making up the belt that held the Gladius(sword) and Pugio(dagger), known as the Cingulum.  A nice symmetric intricate openwork design with a replaceable bronze tongue(with diagonal lines on the reverse).

The belt was an important part of the Roman Legionary's equipment and during the 1st and 2nd Century they were highly designed and really works of art unto their own. (1)(2)(3)

-painting by John Warry




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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 175 & 177 2002

(2) References to similar items: COWAN, Ross; Roman Legionary 58 BC - AD 69, page 24 2003.

(3) References to similar items: SIMKINS, Michael & EMBLETON, Ron; The Roman Army from Caesar to Trajan, page 20 2000.

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