Bronze armour fittings

British Museum

British Museum

These fittings were originally attached to segmented iron body armour designed to protect the upper torso. Although the strips of iron plate have corroded away, these bronze hinges, buckles, studs and tie hooks (for leather cords) show how body armour of this kind was assembled and worn. The overlapping iron plates themselves would have been joined on the inside face with leather straps, combining strength with flexibility.

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  • Title: Bronze armour fittings
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1892,0901.786
  • Place: Found/Acquired Hod Hill
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: copper alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Durden, John. Previous owner/ex-collection Durden, Henry