Ancient Belt Buckles

Belts were an important garment feature during the Medieval Period. The functions they served were in part practical, such as fastening tunics and holding weapons, but the material and decoration of a belt also reflected the social status of its owner. Strap ends were designed to protect the belt from fraying or curling, or as an additional decorative element. Most strap ends were made from copper alloy, though silver and gold were options for the wealthy.