Buckles

Buckles were first introduced by the Romans in the 1st century. It was normally the Military and High Social Classes that used buckles in this era. They were regarded as symbols of Social Rank up until the 13th Century.

Belts were important features of early medieval dress. Not only did they serve the practical function of holding weapons and tools, but their fittings, which could vary in terms of material, decoration, and size, were also highly visible indicators of rank and status. Iron buckles, many imposing in size, were worn by both men and women. Their intricate decoration was achieved by squeezing narrow twisted strips of silver into patterns engraved on the surface of the prefabricated iron pieces. A complete belt would have consisted of a buckle, a counter plate that was placed opposite the buckle, and sometimes a rectangular plate placed in the middle of the belt at the back for decoration. Reference: The Metropolitan Museum

Many 13th Century buckles were used to fasten girdles or waist belts. The 14th Century also saw the emergence of shoe buckles. These may even have occurred during the 13th Century as well.

The Medieval times produced more decorative buckles, some being made of precious metals and adorned with paste stones. The use of precious stones was forbidden by Sumptuary Law. In Elizabethan times this law meant that no one of lesser class than Knights or Baron’s Sons were allowed to wear buckles or girdles.

In Georgian times the Shoe Buckle was extremely popular. These were often made in silver and decorated with paste stones.

Nurses Buckles are also an extremely collectible item. If you are very lucky you may still find some with a black belt attached. The black belt was given when a nurse passed her SRN but only a Ward Sister was allowed to wear a Silver Buckle. Art Nouveau or Victorian Silver Nurses Buckles are very popular.

Other types of buckles to collect include Cowboy Buckles and Military Buckles.

STERLING SILVER 925 & 18K YELLOW ROSE GOLD BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE ANTIQUE

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Sterling Silver Buckle .950

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Large Rare Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Buckle Pin

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Heavy Sterling Silver US Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Belt Buckle

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Vintage Hand Engraved B-K Silversmiths Large Sterling Silver Rodeo Belt Buckle

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Tiffany & Co. & George W Shiebler, Rare Belt Buckle w/ Insects, Sterling Silver

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ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE 29.3 GRAMS, EAGLE, MARKED STERLING

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Victorian Antique Sterling Silver Mountain Scene Etched Signed Spaulding Buckle

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Antique Guilloche Enamel Buckle Sterling Silver Levi & Salaman 1910

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Large Victorian Fancy Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Deitsch Brothers NYC 1890's

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Incredible Circa1890's Chinese Sterling Silver Buckle - Amazing Detail

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VINTAGE STERLING SILVER LLAMA BELT BUCKLE

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VINTAGE!!! Judith Jack Marcasite Belt Buckle in Sterling Silver

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ART DECO STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE NIKEL-SILVER LOCK by Pioneer c1920s No Mono

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Antique Russian Silver & Niello Caucasus Belt Belt Buckle Kiev Kokoshnik Marks

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ANTIQUE SILVER & TURQUOISE SHOE BUCKLE

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Large Exquisite Antique English Miller Bros 1899 sterling silver belt buckle

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Antique Victorian 1889 sterling silver belt buckle etched floral decoration 44g

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