Such old belt buckles may be seen especially in the paintings of a Dutch painter,
Von-Mour, He painted those in Istanbul and collected them in a book titled "Th Album
of Ottoman Clothes" in which the belt buckles were striking.
The main characteristic of the Turkish belt buckle is its style.
Additionally, the different application of the technique shows itself. In the buckles the
star an crescent, geometrical motifs and flower bouquets were made use of
frequently. They were even named depending on the city where they were made. The buckles
of Van and Sivas are very famous.
A late example-- the central section with jewels, the remainder in silver erpousse.
TURKISH BELT BUCKLES
A goldenbelt-buckle filigree, jewel and studding techniques employed.
In the west when a man became king, he would be crowned with a ceremony. However the
Ottomans, the sultan would gird on a sword as a sign of becoming a Sultan. This
ceremony was very important for Ottomans. Of course, the sword would be hung on a belt put
around the waist. This belt had to be very elegant and embellished with jewelry; the belt
buckle would be embellished in the same way by the studding technique.
We see the first examples of Turkish belt buckles in Iskit Turks. At that
time the widely used motif was animal fights. In the course of history abstract motifs
started to be used and with Ottoman belt buckles this art reached its maturity.
Unfortunately belts and belt buckles which were the ornament and pride of
the people who wore them do not have a place in Turkish lives any more. Now they can be
seen only in museums and the windows of antique shops.