ANTIQUE TURKISH BALKAN SILVER BELT FOR YATAGAN
This rare example of the Ottoman Balkan Silver Belt for the Yatagan is made from 110 individual silver elements; each element is cast in rigid mould, hammered and hand chiseled. The obverse of the clasp is decorated with deeply hand chisel design of foliate scrolls, at the centre is a medallion with notably image of crowned double-headed eagle. In the Balkan tradition double-headed eagle is the heraldic symbol of Byzantine Empire, only the emperor himself and his closest relatives had the right to use this emblem, also the eagle is a symbol of wisdom and superior power, including the male power in nature. Remaining 107 links are decorated in characteristics Balkan knobbed design. Yattagans, daggers and flintlock pistols were frequently embellished in a similar knobbed style. These links with the loupes in the back are slide onto the canvas and individually stitch to the thick leather belt. That type of the metal belt was one of the characteristic attributes of Ottoman Balkan nobilities and high ranks military class during the period of the 17th-18th century. The total weight is: 715grams 1.58 Pounds. Overall Length 32 ¾ inches (83cm). Height of the clasp: 4 ¼ inches (10, 8 cm). Width of the belt: 2 inches (5 cm).
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