Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coral Springs, FL
It arrived in the mail yesterday. The L-shaped pins are seperate pieces of metal, but currently do not rotate and it isn't clear to me if they ever were supposed to and are just rusted still. They appear intended to be stilized birds. There is no decoration and some wear on the outer curve, so the method you propose for use as a belt hook is certainly plausible.
It has no obvious signs that it has been "broken off" of a larger item, so whatever it is it was meant to come off.
As for the where, it could very well be Mexican or Southwestern US; anyone have any pictures of people where swords or knives from this area? How are they attached?