Product Name: Baldric Belt (3rd C. Belteus Zugmantel, Germany)
- 3rd century baldric belt
- quality tan leather
- round brass ornamentation and ornate brass hook closure
During ancient Roman times the balteus (plural baltei) was a type of baldric commonly used to suspend a sword. It was a belt generally worn over the shoulder, passing obliquely down to the side, typically made of leather, often ornamented with precious stones, metals or both. There was also a similar belt worn by the Romans, particularly by soldiers, called a cintus (pl. cinti) that fastened around the waist. The word accintus meaning a soldier (literally, "girt" as for battle) attests to this differing usage.
This 3rd century baldric belt/balteus is crafted of quality tan leather and features round brass ornamentation and ornate brass hook closure.
A cavalryman wearing a mail shirt with a baldric over his right shoulder
Drawings from Roman Military Equipment by Bishop & Coulston, Edition 2, 2006 © M.C. Bishop