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Title Silver waist buckle
Nationality Turkish
Period c 1800

This fine unmarked silver buckle consists of two silver plates, each approx. 3.5 inches in diameter and with a Muslim palace or mosque (in Istanbul?) above C-scrolls. The floral border has pairs of stitch holes at intervals for attachment to a belt. The plates join with a hook and eye attachment. All the decoration is worked in relief.

This manner of work is often found on the scabbards of yataghans and the influence is clearly French (the C-scrolls are a typical rococo device). Napoleon sent artisans and armourers to Istanbul as a good will gesture to the Sultan in about 1805 or earlier.

These buckles were normally worn by women for special occasions, but there is evidence that, in central Asia at least, they were worn by men in full regalia right up to 1914.

The condition is excellent for the age of the piece. There are no repairs of any sort.

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

[Belt Buckles : Turkish : 19th Century]


Just to let you know that the bayonet arrived safely this morning by Royal Mail. I am delighted with it and it will be put to very good use at some forthcoming events.

A F, UK, 23.05.2009

Received the Porte-feu..nice piece!

B F, Ireland, 25.09.2007