Complete roman military belt with silver and bronze ornaments. Amazing artistry.100BC-300AD

Ancient Coins - Complete  roman military belt with silver and bronze ornaments. Amazing artistry.100BC-300AD
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  Roman Belts and Leathers

The Roman military belt, commonly refered to as the Balteus, is a non standard peice of equipment.  During the Republic is was common for soldiers to wear two belts.  One to hold the gladius and the other to hold the pugio.  Sometime during the first century AD the army went from a standard two belts to a standard one belt.  This was probably due to the lorica segmentata coming into the army.  It is commmonly believed that the belt was a item that was personally made instead of made in workshops.  We believe this because the plates, studs, terminals, etc...  could be plain, ornate, colorful, tinned, etc...  The plates for the balteus can be made of brass or bronze and can be cast or sheet metal and are usually tinned or silvered.

Usually when you hear the Roman military belt being described you hear how they are either narrow or wide.  This refers to the belt plates themselves being narrow or wide.  Narrow plates are usually seen with Republican legionary but are seen with soldiers wearing hamata.  The wide plates are more commonly seen with soldiers wearing segmentata. 

The narrow plates can range in width from one (1) to one and half (1 1/2) inches and length from two (2) to two and half (2 1/2) inches.  The plates are attached to the belt by rivets threw holes in the plates or rivets soldered to the back of the plates. 

 The wide plates can range in width from one and half (1 1/2) to two (2) inches and length from one and three-fourths (1 3/4) to two and half (2 1/2).  These plates are a lot of times sheet metal but can be cast.  Typically they are attached to the belt by rivets threw holes in the plates.  One difference in appearance with these plates, beside the size, is that the ends are usually rolled up which can accommodate the frogs and buckles. 


 Before you rivet the plates to the belt you want to prepare the leather.  You want to get three (3) to six (6) ounce leather, if you get the leather too thick if will not be able get the leather through the buckle.  ***Make sure you oil the belt with neatsoil before you work on it or afterwards.*** 

  I) First find a piece of leather that will fit around you with three (3) to six (6) inches left.  Tandy Leather Company''s blank leather belts without studs are probably your best bet.  Just be careful because there belt blanks are at least an eighth (1/8) off of their stated width,so buy big. 

  II) Then cut out your strap to tighten the belt.  You can leave the excess leather on either side of that strap on for decoration.(this was believed to be the how the belt apron started.)  Use an edge beveler to round the edges of the leather if you prefer.

  III) Then you want to dye the belt.  You don''t have to dye the belt but over time the neatsfoot will turn it a dark brownish red color.  You can dye the belt red, blue, black, etc...  You may want to waterproof the belt too, Sno-Seal works great to seal the color and leather.

  IV) Now you want to pre set your plates to make sure you have everything ready to fit.  Then you want to mark the holes for the rivets, a pen or permanent marker will do fine.  Then cut your holes. 

  V) Then rivet your plates on and have fun.  There is a talent to riveting, so you should practice on some extra material instead of experimenting on your good belt!

Preis SKU: 60
US$ 1,450.00
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