Antique Sword Belt, Hungarian-Polish Belt
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An exceptional antique 17th century 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.
1. Five examples of these rare belts are in the collection of the Museum national in Krakow - Please see the attached pictures. 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.
2. Another one is in the book Poradnik Polskiego Kolekcjonera page 12.
3. "Baroque Splendor The Art of the Hungarian Goldsmith"
4. "Pasy metalowe Polskie i obce w zbiorach Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie"
5. "Encyclopaedia of Ukraine"
6. "Pasja Zbjerania Kolekcja Ryszarda Z.Janiaka"
7. "Украина- козацька держава"
8. Poradnik Polskiego Kolekcjonera.
DETAILS: The belt is solid and very heavy, the front of the belt is covered by burgundy velvet covered by woven metallic ribbon and bejeweled by nine domed rosettes made of several elements of gold gilded copper and white metal and applied with raised settings of shaped red stone which can be garnets or glass. Two large buckles made of several elements gild brass and soldered together ornamented with open work of foliage and scrolls. The back of the belt is finished with a heavy canvas woven with straps.
CONDITION: The belt is overall in good condition except for one of the rosettes missing, the rim of the velvet canvas is worn out, and there is some discoloration on the back canvas and one of the red stones is chipped, but otherwise in good condition.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 98 cm (38.5 in) (21 1/2 inches). Width: 6.5 cm (2 1/2 in).
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- Militaria & Weapons
- 17th century
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