This is a nice Tudor period silver strapend, dating to the 16th century A.D. The box-shaped strapend is intact, with engraved decoration to the face-plate. It has a ring terminal for the suspension of a cord or chain, worn through with heavy use. Such a strapend would have been attached to a thin leather belt, with the ringed terminal being used for the suspension of a scabbard (likely to house a Pappenheimer Rapier at this date). It is a nice utilitarian piece of silver, of the type worn by the gentleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
CULTURE: Renaissance / Tudor
DATE: c. 1520 - 1620 A.D.
SIZE: 21mm x 18mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Essex.