Item Measurements: The buckle measures 1.95" long by 4.37" wide. The space within the buckle measures 0.64" long by 3.09" wide. The loop on the back of the buckle measures 1.39" wide by 0.07" long. Collectible Type: Sash Cape Buckle.
Men's or Women's: Women's. This large belt, cape, or sash buckle was handmade during the Art Nouveau era.
This item features a swirling floral motif and was made using the repousse technique. The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns. This item is navette in shape, extending outwards to the left and right. This item is extremely tarnished, which is to be expected of an item this age. The silver plating is wearing through in several places, revealing the base metal beneath.
The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large.
Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast.
Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure.
The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Sterling Silver Plated Floral HUGE Sash Cape Belt Buckle" is in sale since Sunday, July 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.