All of these are made of iron. They come from the surviving arsenal in Graz, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and the Allen collection.
They illustrate what appear to be two different construction styles, and several styles of decoration.
Very basic "fabricated" buckles. They were probably made from strip stock curled up into a rectangle with a central bar welded into the rectangle and then flattened
A one sided buckle. It appears to be formed from strip stock, curled into a rectangle then hammered.
Simple rectangular buckles which have been decorated with tapered filing on the sides to accentuate the central bar.
Buckles with decoration which includes long strips of stamped decoration.
Most likely simple file work.
Some more decorative buckles. The left one is fully filed, the right most likely a combination of stamping and filing.
some more buckles.
If you have any questions, please send them to Wade Allen
This site last updated Sept. 2020