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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]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

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I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

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