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.

Vintage Coca-Cola UNIFORM STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE AWARD GOLD BOTTLE

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Vintage sterling Silver Elephant Belt Buckle

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- MEXICAN STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE IN THE SHAPE OF AN ELEGANT SCRIPT LETTER M

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Antique Chinese Magnifying Glass Dragon Jade & Silver Belt Buckle Hook Handle

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Sterling Silver Belt Buckle, Monogrammed

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Vintage Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Monogrammed GME

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Old Silver, Coral, Filligree Belt Buckle - No Reserve

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Burmese / Indian Silver Buckle

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VINTAGE STERLING SILVER LLAMA BELT BUCKLE

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Antique Sterling Silver & Rhinestone Belt Buckle Lot -

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Silver Georgian Shoe Buckle

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Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Elephant Engraving “SIAM”

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Vintage Ornate Silver Sash Buckle Cherubs Angels Putti pre CIVIL WAR RARE

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Antique Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Scrolls Flowers

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VINTAGE MENS STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE BY R. BLACKINTON & COMPANY

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