Buckle, frame of copper alloy buckle, openwork design, central pin and tongue missing
Buckle, frame of copper alloy buckle, openwork design, central pin and tongue missing. Sub rectangular shape with rounded egdes the frame is gently curved in towards the centre. The entire frame is decorated with openwork oval designs, the largest of which occur at the top and base of the central pin bar area. The central pin is missing but appears to have been made of iron as rust patches occur at the sockets and on the frame around the sockets. The pin does not appear to have fallen out as the sockets are not empty and a small piece of the pin can be seen at one end.
One of several medieval buckles put up for sale on an online auction site by a Clare antique dealer. Reported by the National Museum of Ireland and Clare Museum subsequently took possession of them on the assumption they are of Clare origin.
Collection: National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994