Curious Curios: February 4, 2014 Reveal

It’s time for the identity of our latest curio to be revealed!

If you guessed belt buckle, then you are correct!  While modern belt buckles have a very standard design whose popularity dates to its use by Hollywood in the 20th Century, they have been slowly changing in style since the Iron Age!

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Belt buckle types that predate our modern “box-out” buckles include the basic “frame-and-prong” buckle, with examples dating back to ancient times; and military “plate-style” buckles, which featured a flat, often decorated surface on the clasp.  Because belts were seen as a military accessory, it was more typically a male fashion item.  Due to its small size, the buckle we have here was more likely originally part of a shoe strap rather than a waist belt.

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