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harness-fitting

Copper-alloy and gilded copper-alloy strap fitting.
Three-way strap distributor consisting of a finely cast ring and three strap fixings. The upper surface of the ring is ridged and decorated with a pattern of inverted V’s, stamped in a running chevron pattern. Each strap fixing consists of two thin rectangular plates clenched by a pair of rivets with domed and gilded heads. The short edge of the upper plate is ribbed and the junction with the attachment ring carries a collared oval moulding. Traces of folded leather survive between the plates

Copper-alloy and gilded copper-alloy strap fitting. Three-way strap distributor consisting of a finely cast ring and three strap fixings. The upper surface of the ring is ridged and decorated with a pattern of inverted V’s, stamped in a running chevron pattern. Each strap fixing consists of two thin rectangular plates clenched by a pair of rivets with domed and gilded heads. The short edge of the upper plate is ribbed and the junction with the attachment ring carries a collared oval moulding. Traces of folded leather survive between the plates

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