Lorica Segmentata Buckle Floral Backing

    No text  No text  No text  No text

No text  No text  No text  No text

Roman Lorica Segmentata chest buckle Corbridge style armor amrour

Material  Bronze/ Copper Alloy
Dimensions 6.0cm long x 2.3cm wide
Roman Empire 1st to early 2nd Century AD

A working bronze Lorica Segmentata strap buckle for the Corbridge style of segmented plate armor. The standard armor for the Roman Legionary during Rome's prime.

Nice patina with a more elaborate floral design for the back half. Two holes remain where the buckle would have been riveted to the armor.

The buckle pin is intact and functioning. This buckle design was more uncommon and showed a greater interest in artistic nature than the more simpler, yet more practical buckles seen later on. An almost exact match to the previous buckle with the missing pin.

This type of armor had many advantages over scale mail and chain mail, primarily being that it could withstand much harder impacts from pointed weapons while still allowing a good amount of flexibility. The only inherent weakness, at least on these earlier versions was that all the buckles and hinges could easily break and required constant repair. Furthermore the leather straps trapped in moisture on the iron, making it harder to keep corrosion free. This early version was also relatively hard to put on and invariably required a second person to do the buckles up. It was not until the Newstead type that the buckles, hinges and laces were largely done away with. (1)(2)(3)(4)


Click on Pictures for higher resolution




Reverse View

Examples of similar buckles and attachments

 No text

(1) Reference: Thomas, M.D. (2003), "Lorica segmentata, A catalogue of finds", JRMES Monograph No.2(Chirnside).

(2) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 103 2002.

(3) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; The Legionary, page 24 2000.

(4) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; Greece and Rome at War, page 229-230 1998.

*Image of Segmentata by P.CONNOLLY

**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014