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Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1533
Period: 18th century
Year: 18th Century
Silversmith: unmarked
Place: Continental
Price: $ 780.00
Weight: 61 grams
Dimensions: 7.6 cm height, 6.0 cm width (each)
Condition: Excellent, in full working order.

Description: A pair of Royal silver belt buckles, bearing the coat of arms of the House of Bourbon, which produced Kings and Queens for both France and Spain for hundreds of years. The central shield contains 3 Fleur-De-Lys, this was established by King Charles VI of France (who died in 1422) in honour of the Holy Trinity. The shield is topped by the Royal crown, and is surrounded by scrolls. The shield also has a "Golden Fleece" suspended from it, indicating membership of the Order of the Golden Fleece, which was established in 1430 by the Duke of Burgundy. The order still exists today, most European Royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and King Juan Carlos of Spain are members. The buckles are stamped, and both have a silver bar for attachment to a belt. The bars are both hallmarked with 2 hallmarks. The first is a cross pattee (Maltese Cross) in circular punch, which has arms that are narrow at the centre and broader at the perimeter. This cross was used by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. The cross pattee has been used by a number of European countries as a hallmark, including the Dutch city of Zutphen, German city of Hanau (Wolf & Knell), and the Spanish city Barcelona (see Tardy, International Hallmarks, pg 107). The second hallmark is a device, possibly a flower or a bunch of grapes, which we have not been able to identify (assistance welcome, thank you). The House of Bourban has 2 main branches, the French and the Spanish, both of which have members of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Royal silver belt buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece

Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Back of buckle

Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Order of the Golden Fleece

Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Royal silver belt buckle - scale

Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Maltese Cross hallmark

Royal Silver Belt Buckle - House of Bourbon, Order of the Golden Fleece
Bourbon silver buckle

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