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This brown Dark Ages belt is made from a single 158cm strip of 0.5 cm thick leather. It can be finely adjusted and will not budge once fastened. It will fit anybody from small to XXL size. Up until 1000 AD metal belt buckles were less common, and were considered more like jewelry rather than practical items. Indeed, once you get used to the nature of these early tie-on belts, you will see that they have several advantages over buckled belts. Of most relevance today is that there is less stress on the leather: a buckle pin will eventually chew-up a punched hole, and ruin any belt, whereas these tie-on belts tend to last for decades, even with regular usage. Back in the day though, early iron buckles would rust (or in the case of copper, develop a weird powdery green patina) this was a particular problem for seafarers or for those with a rugged outdoor lifestyle. So a belt with no buckle was considered superior. A nobleman of course would wear a rust-free tough silver buckle and could afford a new belt every year - but this isn't a nobleman's belt! By the twelfth century metal was more commonly available (cheaper) and various tricks had been developed to retard rust such as dipping iron items into molten tin, consequently the fashion permanently shifted away from this style of belt. Personally I feel they lost something worth keeping, aside from the good practicalities of the belt, the way it ties looks great. Depictions show us that the fashion was for the knot not to be dead-centre like a buckle, but rather off-centre to either the left or right.
This belt is made from surprisingly thick leather and will give many years of service. It is unlike anything you can buy in a normal shop and really looks the part. Unknown on 17th May 2022
Great belt. No buckle to dig into you. Quality leather! Andrew on 23rd Aug 2018