Antique Military Belt Buckles
An antique military belt buckle is a clasp used to fasten two ends of a belt, as part of a military uniform. Most military belt buckles are adorned with an insignia to denote rank or other vital military information.
Military belt buckles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Military belt buckles are typically more decorative than standard belt buckles and can feature ornate details. Most military belt buckles depict a person’s profession, rank or status and other vital information, such as regiment and squadron details.History & Description
Today, there is a growing community of antique military belt buckles collectors. The most sought after by collectors are those worn and manufactured during famous wars, most notably the American Civil War and World War I.
Guide for collectors
There are many reasons why antique military belt buckles are popular items for collectors. For many collectors there is a family connection. Many collectors only collect military belt buckles from a certain time period or specific war. For others, it is a way of linking personal interests with business. Regardless of motives, antique military belt buckles are particularly sought after by collectors and there are a number of sites that can aid and assist potential buyers or existing owners.
One of the most prominent military artefacts collectors’ websites is Antique-militaria.co.uk, which provides enthusiasts with detailed information of each item and the era they come from. Additionally, antique military belt buckles can also be purchased from the following, respected online military artefacts dealers; Angelfire.com, Monsmilitaryantique.co.uk, Andersonmilitaria.com and Jjmilitaryantiques.com.
Antique military belt buckles are frequently listed on eBay, though collectors should always try to attain as much information as possible from the seller to verify the items authenticity. As a general rule, prices tend to range between $10 and $40. However, military belt buckles have sold over $300 in the past. For example, on January 2nd 2012, an antique European military / ceremonial bronze and textile belt and buckle was sold on eBay for $375.
Antique military belt buckles are frequently sold at international auction houses. Both Christie’s and Bonhams hold annual catalogues explicitly for militaria. Prices can vary significantly, though as a general rule, military belt buckles tend to sell from $130 to £1,000.
Notable auction sales
On February 8th 2012, an antique 1905 pre-WWII R.I.A military army cavalry leather belt with buckle was sold on eBay for $168.49.
On December 31st 2011, an antique ammo box buckle, dating from the America Civil War, was sold on eBay for $308.
On December 18th 2011, an antique British military regiment belt buckle sold on eBay for $320.
In April 1992, a selection of commemorative belt buckles awarded to General Sir Robert Harvey was sold through Christie’s, London, for £17,600.
In June 1994, a military gold belt buckle, circa 1860, realised a price of $1,495 through Christie’s, New York.
In November 2009 at Bonhams in San Francisco, a group of Untied States Military Academy insignia from 1851 to the 1960s, realised a price of $140. The group included five belt buckles.
In June 2003, a Civil War Confederate States of America sword buckle belt plate realised a price of $1,554 through Christie’s, New York.