This attractive silver gilt girdle may have been given to a bride by her bridegroom as a wedding gift, symbolising her new domestic responsibilities. The hook on the right hand side could have been used to hang the household keys or a purse, pair of scissors or other small personal items. Similar examples have been found in collections around Northern Europe, showing that it was a common item in the dress of a relatively wealthy woman.


  • Title: Girdle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1500/1600
  • Location: Flanders
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 97.5 cm, Width: 1.9 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm, Weight: 220.4 g
  • Medium: Cast silver-gilt

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