A Lady's Girdle

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Lot 145
A Lady's Girdle
North European (Dutch?), Probably Late 16th Century

Sold for £ 2,400 (US$ 2,894) inc. premium
A Lady's Girdle
North European (Dutch?), Probably Late 16th Century
Of copper-silver alloy, comprising a series of strips formed of small pierced vertical bars decorated with rosettes, each linked to its neighbour by three separate rings on each side, and set alternately with eight gilt plaques, four large and four small, the latter all flat at the back and cast in relief with the same female head, the others each cast in relief with a reclining female nude and foliage, a pair at the front carrying the two halves of a hinged stud and key-hole clasp, and two on the right carrying a U-shaped attachment for a chatelaine or purse
100 cm. long, 2 cm. wide

Footnotes

  • Generally similar girdles were produced with little change over a long period of time in European communities including Scandinavia and the Netherlands. This girdle probably comes from the latter area
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