19th Century Ottoman Empire Silver Alloy Belt Buckle with Double Headed Eagle motif. Romania, ca. 1875. In excellent condition. 2 1/2" high x 6 1/2" wide. According to sircasaray.org, 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 "The 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. 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.