Antique Islamic Turkish Ottoman Silver Belt 1789 -1807 AD
Antique late 18th-early 19thcentury (1789 -1807) Islamic Turkish Ottoman solid silver belt of early form, comprising a two-part matching buckle with cusped ends, fitted at the ends with a stylized bird n head hook on one side and a loop for the closure on the other, and 34 rectangular panels links mounted on the fabric strip .Each section is hand chased with floral decoration within granulation dots pattern border.17of the 34 rectangular panels links and 2 buckles are stamped on the front with tughra of ottoman sultan Selim III (reign 1789 -1807) and the sampling scars at the back. known by the unlikely name of a "diet" in English. It was made when an assayer removed a bit of silver with a rowel-like device in order to test the content for purity of the silver.
It appears that the belt length has been intentionally, shortened to the size of the belt for the young bride by removing some of the panels.
Ottoman belts of this form have been used in the 16th -18th century.
Overall length: 62.5cm (24.61 Inches)
Height 4 cm (1.57 inches).
WEIGHT: 330 grams (11.64 ounces)
CONDITION: Showing the age and usage: Some wear, scratches, works. Rupture, dents.
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