Military doctor's belt buckle, French, 1830-1890.

Image number: 10305822

Military doctor's belt buckle, French, 1830-1890.

The buckle consists of two discs with an embossed caduceus and foliage, linked by a serpent made of ormolu. It is in the style worn by medical officers in the French Army. Ormolu is a form of gilding applied to brass or bronze goods. Literally 'Or moulu' means ground gold. The term is frequently used wrongly for gilt bronze and recent research has shown that most ormolu objects are of brass rather than bronze. The finest examples of ormolu were made in France in the second half of the 18th century. Some fine ormolu was also produced in Birmingham by Mathew Boulton between 1768 and 1782.

Image number:
10305822
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
28 October 2003 11:36
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Science Museum