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This is a rare and spectacular monumental belt buckle on an adjustable leather belt. The black leather belt was made exclusively for Bonwit Teller in Italy. The antique belt buckle is from the Balkans, most likely from Bulgaria and is beautifully crafted.

Belt buckles of this sort (Pafti) are an essential part of traditional Balkan costume, with the most lavish being worn for weddings.

The shape of this buckle incorporates the traditional palmette shapes with a circular medallion in the center concealing the typical hook latch. The two sides of the buckle with their winged, almost paisley shapes have been cast from heavy metal and intricately forged and tooled and then plated in a fine, highly reflective gold. The patterning is elegant and rich, with raised dots and scrollwork flourishes. On each side, dimensional flower like forms contain at their centers turquoise glass cabochons. The center medallion features a dark iron oxide red glass cabochon. Along the bottom of this medallion and continuing along the bottom of the buckle hang gold tone chains that suspend gold tone "coins" that resemble large paillettes. The effect is terrifically dramatic when one walks, the chains swaying and catching the light.

The black leather belt is quite long and could easily be shortened after adjusting to one's proper waist or hip size.

NOTE: Scarf sarong not included.


Circa: Belt from 1960s, Buckle is Antique
Brand Name: Belt Signed Made In Italy Exclusively For Bonwit Teller
Color: Gold, Black, Turquoise, Dark Brownish Red
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition, Normal Wear Consistent with Age


Width of Buckle: 9.25" / 23.5cm
Height of Buckle: 3.5" / 9cm
Height of Buckle Including Chains: 7.5" / 19cm
Length of Adjustable Leather Belt: 36" / 91.5cm
Width of Adjustable Leather Belt: 2.25" / 6cm

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Tribal Belt Buckle, Bulgarian Balkan Pafti, Bonwit Teller, Rare, Collectible


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: gold plated metal, gold tone metal, leather, glass, cabochons, chains, paillettes
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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