Bronze Pugio/Dagger belt attachment piece, with parts of hinge remaining. The item is covered in a green patina, most likely from a wet environment. The piece has the silvering remains of a floral design that once covered the knob, and probably the rest of the item. The base of the item has a design similar in shape to the segmentata linges, so is consistent with that period.
This item acted as a connector piece for part the belt kit which a legionary had. Unfortunately the remainder of the belt is long lost to history.
-drawings by Mike Bishop
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(1) (1) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; The Legionary, page 25 2000.
(2) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 108 2006.
**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.