Antique 17th Century Polish-Hungarian Sword Belt

An exceptional antique 17th - 18th century Polish - Hungarian-Transylvanian Nobleman's sword belt made in the characteristic manner of belts produced in Hermannstadt --Nagyszeben, present day Romanian city Sibiu, which was an important center for the production of weapons and military equipment, not only for Hungary, but also for Central and Eastern Europe. Many of these types of Transylvanian belts were exported to the Kingdom of Poland due to the fact that the costumes and weapons of Hungarian Nobleman were similar to the Polish Nobleman's, and since the belts from Transylvania were very expensive, these types of belts were copied by Polish craftsmen, so sometimes it is difficult to determine if a belt is an actual Transylvanian product or made in Poland, but in the Transylvanian style. Some of the belts have been described in Polish museums as Hungarian-Transylvanian, or Polish made in the Transylvanian style, in the Ukrainian museums in Lwow, the belts are represent as Ukrainian made belts.
REFERENCES: A similar example is preserved in the Magyar Nemzeti Museum Budapest
1. Five examples of these rare belts are in the collection of the Museum national in Krakow - Please see the attached pictures.
2. Also two very similar belts have been presented at the exhibition - A Passion for Collecting - The Collection of Ryszard Z.Janiak, in the Royal Castle in Warsaw 2007 and are published in the catalogue from the exhibition on pages 454 -- 455.
3. Another is in the book "Poradnik Polskiego Kolekcjonera page 12.
4. "Baroque Splendor --The Art of the Hungarian Goldsmith"
5."Pasy metalowe Polskie i obce w zbiorach Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie"
6. "Encyclopaedia of Ukraine"
7."Pasja Zbierania Kolekcja Ryszarda Z.Janiaka"
8."Украина- козацька держава"
9.Poradnik Polskiego Kolekcjonera.
DETAILS: The front of the belt is covered by burgundy velvet with a broad band of woven silver ribbon and bejeweled by nine domed rosette bosses made of several elements of gold gilded metal each rising to a faced red stone (garnets or glass) in tall conical setting. The terminals each fitted with large gild brass buckles each ornamented with open work repousse and chiselled scrolling and differing flowers against a gild panel within a ropework frame foliage, fitted at the ends with serpent head hooks. The back of the belt is finished with a heavy canvas woven with straps.
CONDITION: The belt is overall in good condition.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 106.7 cm (42 inches). Width: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in).

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Militaria & Weapons
Antiques (approx100yrs)
17th Century
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