Decorated belt buckle from around 950 AD. The shape and decoration are typical of buckles made and used in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Western Isles. The interlace pattern is also found on many of the carved stones made at Whithorn including the crosses of the so-called 'Whithorn School' of carving.
Belt for a Lady's Dress, c. 1375-1400 Italy, Siena?, 14th century basse-taille enamel and gilding on silver, silver thread, gilt-silver buckle, cast and chased, Overall - h:236.50 w:2.90 d:0.60 cm (h:93 1/16 w:1 1/8 d:3/16 inches). Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1930.742