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Antique Persian Paisley Brass Belt Buckle

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We recently had to put my 101 year old grandmother in a nursing home. My mother found this buckle in her dresser draw, along with another silver pair being sold separately. Let me begin by saying, that my grandmother was born in Chios, Greece, a small island in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Turkey in 1909. She was a very important figure in her town, where she was known to be extremely close with the priests of St. Igios Giannis, in Atsiki, back in the 1930's up until 1960, when she came to America on that long voyage upon the Queen Frederica ocean liner.

She told my father, that she had found these buckles, in that church. I don't know if these were given to her by the priests, or that she just took them, because she liked them. She was allowed to enter parts of the church, no other woman was allowed to see. She kept them all these years, and this is the first time I am seeing them.

This paisley shaped belt buckle is strung on old patina leather cord to be worn around the neck, obviously not original to the buckle. Very typical of how the Greeks wore their jewelry. I am doubting that this is Turkish or Greek, as the paisley motif of this kind is more Persian to me, and the Persians did occupy Chios in 564BC. But I cannot tell you if this is actually from that period.

This buckle is made of brass. This is much earlier than the round silver belt buckles we have for sale here judging by the technique used to attach the iron bar to the back of the paisley... The rivits were cast into the paisley, and the bar placed, and rivits hammered flat. Where as the silver buckle for sale, the iron bars were soldered on, which is a later technique.

The buckle measures 4 1/4" wide, 3 1/2" high.
Unpolished, as found.

I know these are at least 100 years old, but certainly a very good possibility, this is hundreds of years older.

Insured shipping everywhere, with signature confirmation.
We recently had to put my 101 year old grandmother in a nursing home. My mother found this buckle in her dresser draw, along with another silver pair being sold separately. Let me begin by saying, that my grandmother was born in Chios, Greece, a small island in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Turkey in 1909. She was a very important figure in her town, where she was known to be extremely close with the priests of St. Igios Giannis, in Atsiki, back in the 1930's up until 1960, when she came to America on that long voyage upon the Queen Frederica ocean liner.

She told my father, that she had found these buckles, in that church. I don't know if these were given to her by the priests, or that she just took them, because she liked them. She was allowed to enter parts of the church, no other woman was allowed to see. She kept them all these years, and this is the first time I am seeing them.

This paisley shaped belt buckle is strung on old patina leather cord to be worn around the neck, obviously not original to the buckle. Very typical of how the Greeks wore their jewelry. I am doubting that this is Turkish or Greek, as the paisley motif of this kind is more Persian to me, and the Persians did occupy Chios in 564BC. But I cannot tell you if this is actually from that period.

This buckle is made of brass. This is much earlier than the round silver belt buckles we have for sale here judging by the technique used to attach the iron bar to the back of the paisley... The rivits were cast into the paisley, and the bar placed, and rivits hammered flat. Where as the silver buckle for sale, the iron bars were soldered on, which is a later technique.

The buckle measures 4 1/4" wide, 3 1/2" high.
Unpolished, as found.

I know these are at least 100 years old, but certainly a very good possibility, this is hundreds of years older.

Insured shipping everywhere, with signature confirmation.

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Apr 3, 2018
A real gorgeous purse, I am very happy, thank you
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I include approximate measurements for everything I sell. Do your homework, and never assume something will fit, without measuring first. If it's about color? Monitors display differently from one household to the next, and when I color proof, the photos uploaded onto the ETSY website, are close to accurate. If color is crucial to your purchase, please email me. I describe to the best of my knowledge, and what I think is important to make the sale a successful one for both parties. If I have missed something that you need to know, PLEASE email me prior to placing your purchase. My observations, and opinions on the same item, may or may not differ from what you would expect. Need more pictures? CONVO me, and I will get them right out to you when I can get the oportunity to do so. If a week goes by, and you do not get any, ask me again, I probably forgot ;-)

I guarantee my descriptions to be as close to accurate as possible. If I leave out a significant fault I will pay all shipping fees upon the item's safe return to me. In regards to vintage clothing, a small spot, snag, hole, wrinkle, or pull, does not constitute misrepresentation. I mainly sell vintage, previously owned itemst hat may not be perfect( unless I am sure that they are) and have had a life before ETSY whether it was in someone's closet, or on someone else's body, or in someone else's SMOKING household. Do not buy vintage if you are not flexible with it's stated condition. I do look over each item as carefully as possible. My home is a non smoking home. All items I purchase from estate sales, having an odor are deodorized or drycleaned. If there is an odor I will say so. Though it is hardly my intention we all make mistakes. I make every attempt to resolve all issues as happy customers are returning ones.

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Additional policies

Some answers to common questions about eyewear purchases made online.

How do you measure your specs?

https://www.retrofocuseyewear.com/frequently-asked-questions

The above link is a diagram I constructed for my Eyewear site, showing you where I take my measurements so you can compare my specs to yours for a good fitting pair. The temples, also referred to by some as the 'stems' are generally measured from the hinge to the ear tip. The bridge and lens width are measured across the center of the frame. Pupil distance (PD or P2P) is the distance between each of your pupils and ideally you'd like a pair of frames where your eyes are centered within the width of the lenses.

Are these frames suitable for my own prescription?

Many buyers wonder if my vintage frames are suitable for their RX. Simply said, all of my products are unless noted in the 'SPECS' list. Most optical boutiques and opticians will turn down frames that you walk into their establishment with. They will most likely give you reasons that may sound legit to you, but they're really just trying to intimidate you into buying a pair from their selection, saying my frames are not suitable because of a variety of bullshit excuses.

We always recommend ReplaceALens.com. We are not affiliated with them in any way, other than we are a customer of theirs, and a very satisfied one at that. Their prices are fantastic and service impeccable. They never turn down any of the frames we sell and our buyers have emailed us telling us how pleased they were with ReplaceALens and their services. Our frames are guaranteed with a replacement or refund if ReplaceALens damages your frame while they put your lenses into them. No other optician would dare offer such a guarantee.

How do I measure my PD? My optician won't give it to me (or) wants to charge me $50 for it (or) I'm sending my frames to ReplaceALens and they need my PD. How do I get that?

Pupil to Pupil distance, or in ophthalmic terms the 'PD' measurement is the distance between both your pupils. Technicians need this measurement in order to center your prescription within each lens. It is usually referred as a millimeter measurement rather than inches. It can be easily measured at home with a ruler and a second person holding the ruler up to your face resting it on the bridge of your nose with one end of the ruler at the point of one pupil and then measure across to the other pupil. PD measurements are generally in the 58-67mm range (2 1/2" to 2 5/8") and sometimes even at about 70mm (2 3/4"). Despite what your optician would tell you if you do it yourself, being off by a millimeter or 2 will not give you a headache.

When sending in your frames to an online lab, what you would do is put the frames on as you would normally wear them and have a second person mark the existing lenses with a permanent marker making a dot where each pupil lands when that person is looking head on with you. If your frames do not have lenses, place a piece of scotch tape across the entire front of the frame and have that person mark the tape with the dots. Simple. Questions? Just hollar at me :)

How will these look on me if I can't try them on?

Generally, opposites attract :) As a rule, full frames/large lenses look great on long, oval faces, triangular, or pear shaped faces. Horizontal, rectangular frames look best on round or square faces. If the frame has nose pads (95% of the time found on metal frames), those can be gently pried close or further apart which will allow the frame to sit where you want it to on your bridge. Another indicator of how high or low a pair of specs sit on your face, is to note where the bridge is positioned on the frame. If it is towards the middle of the frame, then the glasses will likely cover your eyebrows and sit high on your face. If the bridge is pretty much in line with the top of the frame, the glasses will sit below your eyebrows.

I have big head! .....or.... my head is small/narrow....will these fit me?

It helps if you measure your favorite specs hinge to hinge, and then compare that measurement to the item you have your eyes set on... the hinge to hinge measurement is a good indicator if the frame is the right width for you. The temples (ear piece/stems) should not touch the sides of your head. Then you should measure the length of the ear piece, or 'temple' as it's called in the ophthalmic industry. Average temples measure 140 mm (5 1/2") from hinge to end, including ear curve. Some are 133mm, (5 1/4" long). There are some that are 5 3/4" to 6", but rarely found in over the counter ready made readers. It all depends on the look you want, and what is comfortable for you. But to know these details ahead of time may save you the trouble of future disappointments and returns.

Please read the inside 'hinge to hinge' widths that are provided for the style you like. Make sure you know the hinge to hinge measurement of your OWN glasses when making your decision. Toss me an email if you have any questions.

Desi
Some answers to common questions about eyewear purchases made online.

How do you measure your specs?

https://www.retrofocuseyewear.com/frequently-asked-questions

The above link is a diagram I constructed for my Eyewear site, showing you where I take my measurements so you can compare my specs to yours for a good fitting pair. The temples, also referred to by some as the 'stems' are generally measured from the hinge to the ear tip. The bridge and lens width are measured across the center of the frame. Pupil distance (PD or P2P) is the distance between each of your pupils and ideally you'd like a pair of frames where your eyes are centered within the width of the lenses.

Are these frames suitable for my own prescription?

Many buyers wonder if my vintage frames are suitable for their RX. Simply said, all of my products are unless noted in the 'SPECS' list. Most optical boutiques and opticians will turn down frames that you walk into their establishment with. They will most likely give you reasons that may sound legit to you, but they're really just trying to intimidate you into buying a pair from their selection, saying my frames are not suitable because of a variety of bullshit excuses.

We always recommend ReplaceALens.com. We are not affiliated with them in any way, other than we are a customer of theirs, and a very satisfied one at that. Their prices are fantastic and service impeccable. They never turn down any of the frames we sell and our buyers have emailed us telling us how pleased they were with ReplaceALens and their services. Our frames are guaranteed with a replacement or refund if ReplaceALens damages your frame while they put your lenses into them. No other optician would dare offer such a guarantee.

How do I measure my PD? My optician won't give it to me (or) wants to charge me $50 for it (or) I'm sending my frames to ReplaceALens and they need my PD. How do I get that?

Pupil to Pupil distance, or in ophthalmic terms the 'PD' measurement is the distance between both your pupils. Technicians need this measurement in order to center your prescription within each lens. It is usually referred as a millimeter measurement rather than inches. It can be easily measured at home with a ruler and a second person holding the ruler up to your face resting it on the bridge of your nose with one end of the ruler at the point of one pupil and then measure across to the other pupil. PD measurements are generally in the 58-67mm range (2 1/2" to 2 5/8") and sometimes even at about 70mm (2 3/4"). Despite what your optician would tell you if you do it yourself, being off by a millimeter or 2 will not give you a headache.

When sending in your frames to an online lab, what you would do is put the frames on as you would normally wear them and have a second person mark the existing lenses with a permanent marker making a dot where each pupil lands when that person is looking head on with you. If your frames do not have lenses, place a piece of scotch tape across the entire front of the frame and have that person mark the tape with the dots. Simple. Questions? Just hollar at me :)

How will these look on me if I can't try them on?

Generally, opposites attract :) As a rule, full frames/large lenses look great on long, oval faces, triangular, or pear shaped faces. Horizontal, rectangular frames look best on round or square faces. If the frame has nose pads (95% of the time found on metal frames), those can be gently pried close or further apart which will allow the frame to sit where you want it to on your bridge. Another indicator of how high or low a pair of specs sit on your face, is to note where the bridge is positioned on the frame. If it is towards the middle of the frame, then the glasses will likely cover your eyebrows and sit high on your face. If the bridge is pretty much in line with the top of the frame, the glasses will sit below your eyebrows.

I have big head! .....or.... my head is small/narrow....will these fit me?

It helps if you measure your favorite specs hinge to hinge, and then compare that measurement to the item you have your eyes set on... the hinge to hinge measurement is a good indicator if the frame is the right width for you. The temples (ear piece/stems) should not touch the sides of your head. Then you should measure the length of the ear piece, or 'temple' as it's called in the ophthalmic industry. Average temples measure 140 mm (5 1/2") from hinge to end, including ear curve. Some are 133mm, (5 1/4" long). There are some that are 5 3/4" to 6", but rarely found in over the counter ready made readers. It all depends on the look you want, and what is comfortable for you. But to know these details ahead of time may save you the trouble of future disappointments and returns.

Please read the inside 'hinge to hinge' widths that are provided for the style you like. Make sure you know the hinge to hinge measurement of your OWN glasses when making your decision. Toss me an email if you have any questions.

Desi

FAQs

No. Please read my 'Shop Policies' for exclusions. However my eyewear is returnable unless noted in its description.

Antique Persian Paisley Brass Belt Buckle

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: brass
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