antique belts

Found some antique theatre seats from an old theatre in Belt, MT that are well over 100 years old. Gave them some TLC, fixed some broken bits, and introduced them into the home. I think they’ll like it here. My favorite part, in one of the seat backs, someone a long time ago scratched “DB+RR” and I love the thought of two young kids in love, at some black and white picture show, a century ago. Wow.


Viking Gilt Belt Suite, 9th-11th Century AD

A group of silver-gilt belt mounts, a buckle and belt plate, comprising: eighteen convex shield-shaped mounts with central scrolling vine leaf and grape cluster motif, three attachment lugs to the rear; fourteen square mounts with central scrolling vine leaf and grape cluster motif, hole to one end and four attachment lugs to the rear; a D-shaped buckle with plate to the rear decorated with scrolling vine plant with clusters of grapes to the side, for attachment lugs to the back; a strap end with scrolling vine plant motif with clusters of grapes to each side.


Roman Amuletic Military Belt Mount Suite, Late 2nd-Early 3rd Century AD

The silver belt-mount suites with VTERE FELIX (“use with luck”) text are associated particularly with Roman troops in the Danubian region. The text was believed to be apotropaic, warding off harm from the wearer of the belt.


Urartian Silver Pectoral, c. 7th Century BC

The pectoral is decorated with sirens walking in profile, five in the upper register and seven in the lower, interspersed with palmettes (possibly representing a sacred tree), each frieze with a raised band above and below, the panel bordered above and below with a punched double-triangle motif, the curved panels and each end decorated with a profile figure of a winged genius (benevolent spirit) in the ‘Knielauf’ (kneeling-running) position, each holding a situla (a bucket-like vessel associated with purification rituals in and around the ancient Mesopotamian region).

The region of Urartu (map) corresponds to the mountainous plateau between Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus mountains, later known as the Armenian Highlands. The Urartian Kingdom rose to power in the mid-9th century BC, but was conquered by Media in the early 6th century BC. The heirs of Urartu are the Armenians and their successive kingdoms. Urartu is cognate with the Biblical Ararat


Urartian Bronze Armory Belt, c. 8th-7th century BC

Urartian belts, which are splendid specimens of their art, have been found in graves in Soviet Armenia and in the province of Kars. This is a section of an armory belt, decorated with three bands separated by rows of wave motifs; each band containing, from left to right, a winged lion with sword, a stylized tree, a leaping winged lion, a winged centaur-like creature with bow and arrow, and a leaping winged deer; rows of palmettes above and below; the upper and lower edges with perforations for attachments.

Urartu (biblical Kingdom of Ararat or Kingdom of Van) was a prehistoric Iron Age kingdom centered around Lake Van in the Armenian Highlands. Assyrian inscriptions of Shalmaneser I (c. 1274 BC) first mention Uruartri as one of the states of Nairi – a loose confederation of small kingdoms and tribal states in Armenian Highland in the 13th to 11th centuries BC, which he conquered.

Urartu re-emerged in Assyrian inscriptions in the 9th century BC as a powerful northern rival of Assyria. The Nairi states and tribes became a unified kingdom under king Aramu (c. 860 – 843 BC). It reached its peak of power in the 9th and 8th centuries. Urartu was eventually conquered by the Medes in the early 6th century BC and the Urartian Kingdom was eventually replaced by the Armenian Orontid dynasty.

Medieval Gold Belt Buckle Suite, 14th-15th century

A matching suite of belt furniture comprising a buckle, belt-end and keeper; the buckle with double-loop frame, eccentrically placed bar, upper face with granule border and filigree scroll detailing, six bosses to the bar, elliptical-section tongue with granule triangle to the inner end, rear rod attached to two knop extensions with coiled D-section band ornament; rectangular keeper with band of bosses to the upper face flanked by filigree fillets, granules to the corners; a D-shaped terminal plaque with granule and filigree detail, central rosette surrounded by a ring of bosses, rear rod attached to two knop extensions with coiled band ornament.


Urartian Bronze Belt, 8th - 7th century BC

Decorated in three registers with riders pursuing bulls and lions in fields of roses and trees.

Urartu (map) was originally known as Biainele with its capital at the rock fortress of Tushpa. The ancient city’s ruins are located just west of Van and east of Lake Van in the Van Province of Turkey. Today the region once known as Urartu is divided among Armenia, eastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran. In the bible, Urartu was known as the kingdom of Ararat.

Urartians spoke a language that was related to Hurrian, a language that has no other known connections. Their written language was adapted from Assyrian cuneiform but their inscriptions unfortunately only refer to royal construction activity therefore we get most of our information about Urartu from historic Assyrian sources. The Assyrian King Shalmaneser I (13th century BC) first mentions “Uruartri” as a Nairi state, which was a loose confederation of small kingdoms and tribes, of which he and his successors conquered at times, but not completely. Urartu re-emerged as a powerful kingdom and rival of Assyria in Assyrian inscriptions dated to the 9th century BC. Its tribes became united under the Urartian King Aramu (c. 860 – 843 BC) and the kingdom reached its zenith in the 9th and 8th centuries.

In the 7th century BC Urartu suffered from invasions by the Cimmerians, Scythians and Medes. The region came under the control of the Armenian Orontids in the 7th century BC and the Persians in the mid-6th century BC. By this time the kingdom of Urartu was no longer extant.


With the perfect pairing of a Balenciaga leather jacket and an antique belt, Sidibe’s puts together an outfit that is 100% her >>

Moving to the country - gonna eat me a lot of peaches!

I made peach pie today for my husband.  We got the peaches a little bit ago from the farmer’s market and froze some.  Who knew it’s better to freeze peaches for pies?  Anyway - it’s frigging delicious.

Costume for the Day (aka pie pants):

- High-waist black cut-off shorts.  They have some stretch in em’ for ya know, the eatin’ (UO).

- Mineral wash navy crop-top (UO).

- Antique black skinny belt with stirrup buckle (belonged to my grandmother).

- Hand-made repurposed leather earrings (made by meeeee!).

- My favorite moccasins (received in a clothing exchange).