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.

Antique Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Belt Buckle Clips Sterling Silver, Very Nice!

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Antique 1800s Silver Niello Buckle Caucasus Region

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RARE S. KIRK & SON STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE: REPOUSSE NO MONOGRAM

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

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Lg Mexican Sterling Silver Belt Buckle - wonderful Butterfly design 5.14 troy oz

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Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Elephant Engraving “SIAM”

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Antique India Asia Belt Silver Filligree Buckle Metal Alloy Chain Discs Links

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Vintage STERLING SILVER Belt Buckle

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Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese. Buckle, Belt. Marked

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Ornate Victorian Silver belt buckle London 1888

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RARE FANCY SILVER COWBOY BELT BUCKLE-an Antique SALESMAN'S Sample.

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

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Antique Hallmarked Sterling Silver Belt Buckle With Faces. London-William Comyns

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CHINESE SILVER BELT BUCKLE 19/20THc

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Diablo Silver Belt Buckle Sterling Twist Design Monogrammed WW Estate GV100378

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Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Vintage Marked FREE SHIPPING

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Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Esco Vintage Monogramed FREE SHIPPING

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