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Strap End, Narrow Teardrop-shaped, c. 2nd-3rd Cent.

Copper alloy; 51mm/8.8gm

Con/ As Cast; circle patterns at the top; two concentric rings at the terminal; superb and unblemished glossy green patina; cleaned and waxed.

Ref/ None; this particular strap end shape is not listed in A&L nor B&C. Rare? You tell me.

Seller's Note/ Once belts began to be split into two ends from the mid 2nd century, each end had a narrow terminal - usually with a pendant on a hinged strap-end - while our example was riveted directly to the belt end. These terminals were used in pairs and were usually identical. The most common form was the narrow tear-drop which was in use circa AD 150/160 - 250/300. 

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