The Prince and the Plunder

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Belt of silver panels and chains *

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What: A belt of silver panels and chains, given by Secretary of State for India, Sir Stafford Henry Northcote

Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

The catalogue entry reads: 

“Belt consisting of three silver, oblong panels interconnected by thirteen rows of silver chains. Each of the panels is decorated in a different style; with two tubular hollow silver ornaments, with four bands of repoussé and wirework, with a single tubular silver ornament and punched design. There is possibly some gilding on the panels. The chains are attached to the panels by being threaded onto a brass[?] pin which passes through a series of fourteen loops on the edge of each panel. The ends of the pins are bent to secure them in place. A length of hide is attached to a wire-work ring which is soldered to one of the panels.

Museum number: Af1868,1230.15
Date: 19thC
Acquisition name: Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh 
Acquisition date: 30/12/1868

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