Buckle, brass

Buckle, brass

Buckle

Brass, cast and gilded
Zurich, Switzerland; about 1680
Probably made in the workshop of Hans Peter Oeri (1637-92)

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.