Hunting belt buckle

ca. 1665 (made)

Oeri, Hans Peter

Height: 6.6 cm, Width: 8.4 cm, Weight: 60 g, Depth: 1.1 cm

4040-1856 MET

Gilt metal buckle decorated in relief with masks and animals hunting, Swiss, around 1665, probably by Hans Peter Oeri (1637-92)

Gilt copper-alloy buckle for use on a huntsman's shoulder belt, cast in relief with masks and animals hunting.

This gilded buckle, cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. It was probably made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri. Unlike English goldsmiths, European workshops specialised in a variety of metals. Oeri, in German-speaking Zurich, followed the great metalworking traditions of nearby Augsburg and Nuremberg.

This gilded buckle, cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. It was probably made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri.

Location: Metalware, room 116, case 2

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