C.Flaherty eNOTES WW1 Turkish Headgear (2012)
1876 till 1908 Imperial Army Headgear
1876 Helmet of the Firemen Regiment
Post-1909 Army Officer’s Kabalak
Post-1914 Officer’s Sunhat
Post-1908 Army Soldier’s Kalpak
Post-1913 Army Soldier’s Kabalak
Post-1916 Army Bashlik
Post-1909 Army Officer’s Kalpak
Covers and Insignia
Navy Officers’ Caps
Navy Sailors’ Caps
Yildirim Army Group Steel Helmet
C.Flaherty eNOTES Turkish Belt Buckles (2016)
Pashas, Generals, Officers
Post-1909 Army Officers’ Buckle
German Made Buckle
Officers’ Wartime Variations
Turkish Hook’n’Eye Buckles
War Academy Students
War Academy Artillery Students and the Field Artillery
Turkish 1876 Buckle
Imperial Army’ Soldiers’ Buckle
Soldiers’ Wartime Buckle Variations
Navy Officers Buckles
Ordinary Ships’ Crew Buckles
Reproduction Stamped Metal Buckles
Fake Cast Metal Buckles
Star and Crescent Buckles
Modern Turkish Army & Navy Buckles
Other Countries Buckles
French 1930(s) Officers’ Buckles
Right - As can be seen in the extracted photo-still from the film 'Lawrence of Arabia', this film prop WW1 Turkish officers’ buckle (Far-Right) is clearly been worn by the actors, portraying Turkish Soldiers .
The buckle like the rest of the Turkish uniforms worn in Lawrence of Arabia were manufactured at M. Berman Ltd. (18 Irving Street, Leicester Square, London). M. Berman Ltd ceased operations around 1972,
Right - An M. Berman Ltd. label from inside a Turkish soldiers jacket made for the 1962 movie, 'Lawrence of Arabia',
Right - As can be seen clearly in this screenshot from 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987, Australian World War I film), the M. Berman Ltd. film prop WW1 Turkish Officers’ buckle was used in the uniform costumes. The 1962 movie, 'Lawrence of Arabia' credits a UK production company Horizon Pictures (G.B.), with a Phyllis Dalton, as Costume Designer/Costume and Wardrobe Department, also from the UK. Horizon Pictures, ceased production in 1983. Costume stocks, were sold-off, going onto the market after 1983, would explain the first appearance of the M. Berman Ltd. film prop WW1 Turkish Officers’ buckle being presented as an original WW1 item in Guido Rosignoli,’The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Military Insignia of the 20th Century’ (1986) (Below/Right).
Right - The M. Berman Ltd. film prop WW1 Turkish Officers’ buckle makes an appearance in Guido Rosignoli,’The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Military Insignia of the 20th Century’ (1986): 75. Significantly, this book clearly dates the Turkish buckle no.5 as WW1; whereas buckle '7' (the 1962 film prop) is discribed "It shows also a locket-type clasp of Turkish officers". The book only displays other moden Turkish military insignia.
Frederick Wilkinson ‘Collecting Military Antiques’ (1976), only shows the standard WW1 Turkish belt buckle types, and makes no mention of the 1962 film prop version. It is illustrative that the 1983 'Military Collectables: An International Directory to 20th-Century Militaria' Joe Lyndhurst (November 1983), has no Turkish belt buckles displayed in it. However, the 1962 film prop buckle has been pictured as an original WW1 item in the following books:
As a final note, these later publications show the exact same group of buckles all coming from one particular collector in Germany.
 The 1962 film prop WW1 Turkish officer's buckle has been identified as a fake in the following publication: Flaherty, C. (2011) WW1 Wartime Ersatz Ottoman Turkish Officers’ Buckles. The Armourer Militaria Magazine, Issue 108 (November-December): 27-29.
Above - This brass cast costume buckle (complete with belts) from the 2005 movie, 'Turetskiy Gambit' frequently turns up for sale on ebay as WW1 vintage. The buckle was also recently used for the Egyptian soldier's costume in TV series ITV's Tutankhamun (2016).