Offered for sale are a lovely pair of cut steel shoe buckles, most probably French but not marked as such. They each have a bar back. These shoe buckles were "All the rage" from the latter part of the 19th Century until the 1920's. The cut steel was created to rival the light reflected from diamonds and they do a pretty good job at doing so!
This pair measures 2" in width x 1 3/8" in height. In really good condition, considering their age, with no signs at all of rust, which can be a problem for these lovely buckles. One buckle has lost one bead, the other is missing two. Fortunately all three are the smaller beads, you truly do have to look very carefully to see that they are even missing. The integrity of the design remains intact, with all the large beads, which are rarer and were more expensive (especially the lovely marcasite shaped ones) still in place.
There is a delicate, filigree and light quality, to these buckles, which makes them very feminine. They would make a wonderful addition to a collection of shoe buckles or an amazing focal point for a sewing or decoration project.
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