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Title Persian navy belt buckle
Nationality Persian
Period c 1850

The Persian navy in the 19th century would have been rather small, so it is possible that this is a standard Persian military officer's buckle. However, the laurel leaf format is typical of a British Royal Navy buckle of the period. The central design shows the Persian lion and sun under a crown, all enclosed by an oak and laurel wreath in silver.

This is a typical British production, which, although unmarked, is in all likelihood a Gaunt product, especially in view of its provenance (see below).

The buckle is made of what appears to be gilding metal or plain brass and, I suspect, would originally have had a gilt finish, which has more or less vanished. The central device is in die-struck silver (not hallmarked). Apart from the lack of gilt finish, the buckle is in excellent condition.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Belt Buckles : Persian : 19th Century]


The goods are safely in and I am delighted. Many thanks for the outstanding handling of this order and I hope we can do many more.

M R, USA, 03.04.2009

The buckle arrived today in good order, many thanks for the speedy delivery. A nice buckle, as described, and a welcome addition to my collection. Will revisit your website regularly for other items of interest.

L M, Channel Islands, 30.01.2009