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Aglet, Rope/Strap End, 1st-3rd Cent AD


Roman Copper Aglet*, 1st-2nd Cent

Copper alloy; 57mm/3.8gm

Con/ Intact, green patina, cleaned and waxed.

Seller's Note/ Is there nothing useful that the ancient Romans did not discover, including aglets? Just like our shoe laces, rope ends became frayed in Roman times and difficult to thread through holes. As seen in the photo, all it took was a thin sheet of copper alloy folded like an ice cream cone about the rope end or leather strap and Bob's (Ceasar's) your uncle.

*An 'aglet' is the word used to describe the plastic thing at the end of a shoe lace.

Only here on Noble Roman Coins will you find such an esoteric yet delightful reminder of Roman pragmatic ingenuity!