Belts were important garment features during the Medieval Period. They served practical functions, such as fastening tunics and holding weapons, but the material and decorations also reflected the social status of the owner. Strap ends were designed to protect the belt from fraying or curling, or were worn with decorative purposes in mind. Most strap ends were made from copper alloy, whilst silver and gold ones were used by rich families or the aristocracy.
Silver Strap End
This cast strap end is open to the underside. The lower end is scalloped and to the upper end is a fastening pin with stepped recess. The upper face is decorated with niello trellis and quatrefoil ornament.
Condition: Very fine condition.