Armor was made flexible by leather straps on the back which held the various plates together. Components, such as arms and tassets were connected with external straps as the armor was assembled on the man. Over the years, armor in storage lost parts as the leather deteriorated. We've have been in arsenals where piles of fingers, ear flaps etc. are simply gathered off the floor with no effort to restore them. Items 818-839 are 16th century armor buckles from south German arsenals. Each is bronze and originally would have been silver or gold plated. Well include information on similar buckles in use on armor with each along with certificate of authenticity. C.1540-80. 1 3/4" height with rococo form double frame and integral cross pin. Fine rich stable deep green patina.