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Belt Buckles

Belt buckles have been used since pre-historic times, when primitive hunter-gatherer tribes fashioned them from antler and bone to hold looped belts in place. Now long removed from the simple utility of cavemen, the modern, more intricate belt buckle has its roots in ancient China and Rome.

In the 3rd and 2nd century B.C., Mongolian tribes wore belted tunics adorned with embellished buckles. They were often shaped like powerful animals including wolves, oxen, and ibexes. Early Roman belt buckles were D- and square-shaped, forged by blacksmiths from pieces of wrought iron. As Rome's power faded, German invaders donned intricate belt buckles depicting animals engaged in battle.

During the Civil War era, military belt buckles influenced the style of most others to come. With the arrival of 1880s, Navajo Indian silversmiths were crafting silver and turquoise buckles, and by the turn of the 20th century, cowboys were sporting oversized silver buckles that ushered in a new sensibility of American style. Vintage belt buckles today are at once unique fashion statements and popular objects among collectors.


Quick Facts

  • A heavy filigreed rectangular gold belt buckle was unearthed from the tomb of Childeric I, the king of the Franks (436-481 A.D.)
  • Said to be the most expensive belt buckle in the world, the Roland Iten Calibre R822 Predator mechanical buckle is priced at $400,000. It is crafted from 18-carat white gold and titanium and adorned with 387 baguette-cut and round-cut diamonds totaling 14.15 carats
  • In 2010 and 2011 High Noon auctions, a Roy Rogers western-style belt buckle sold for a record $69,000 while a belt buckle once owned by rodeo legend Jim Shoulders fetched $12,650

Recommended Items at Auction

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Alexander’s Sterling & Lizard Buckle Belt w Bag
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Alexander’s Sterling & Lizard Buckle Belt w Bag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$509 Bids
GENUINE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR STERLING BELT BUCKLE
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
GENUINE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR STERLING BELT BUCKLE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$906 Bids
HERMES CONSTANCE H BELT BUCKLE
Sep 27, 11:00 AM EDT
HERMES CONSTANCE H BELT BUCKLE
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$1606 Bids
Hermes Sterling Silver Touareg Belt Buckle in Box
Sep 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Hermes Sterling Silver Touareg Belt Buckle in Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$4005 Bids
Concho Belt – (1) Belt Buckle
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Concho Belt – (1) Belt Buckle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$904 Bids
EAGLE BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
Dec 27, 1:00 PM CST
EAGLE BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
Dec 27, 1:00 PM CST
STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
COLLECTION OF VINTAGE WESTERN BELT BUCKLES
Oct 01, 9:00 AM MDT
COLLECTION OF VINTAGE WESTERN BELT BUCKLES
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$102 Bids
Vintage J. Hayes Sterling Silver Buckle
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage J. Hayes Sterling Silver Buckle
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
BELT BUCKLE
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
BELT BUCKLE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€302 Bids
(2) Sterling Belt Buckles
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Sterling Belt Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
RAMS SKULL BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
Dec 27, 1:00 PM CST
RAMS SKULL BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
LARGE COLLECTION OF BELT BUCKLES
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
LARGE COLLECTION OF BELT BUCKLES
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
Dec 27, 1:00 PM CST
BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
SKULL AND CROSS BONES BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
Dec 27, 1:00 PM CST
SKULL AND CROSS BONES BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
2-piece lot buckles silver.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
2-piece lot buckles silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €25- €80
€250 Bids
Buckle silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Buckle silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Collection of vintage watch fobs and belt buckles
Oct 04, 11:30 PM EDT
Collection of vintage watch fobs and belt buckles
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $80
$500 Bids
BELT BUCKLE
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
BELT BUCKLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
BELT BUCKLE
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
BELT BUCKLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
Silber Gürtelschließe / A silver belt buckle, Frankreich, 2. Hälfte 19. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Silber Gürtelschließe / A silver belt buckle, Frankreich, 2. Hälfte 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €60- €120
€600 Bids
Silber Gürtelschließe / A silver belt buckle, Frankreich, 2. Hälfte 19. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Silber Gürtelschließe / A silver belt buckle, Frankreich, 2. Hälfte 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €40- €80
€400 Bids
Vintage Rhinestone Oval Sash/Scarf Buckle, Signed ANN
Oct 02, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Rhinestone Oval Sash/Scarf Buckle, Signed ANN
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Vintage Rhinestone Oval Sash Buckle, 2,75" Round, signed ANN. Gold tone
Oct 02, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Rhinestone Oval Sash Buckle, 2,75" Round, signed ANN. Gold tone
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belt Buckles


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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