This gorgeous vintage belt buckle is made of galalith and features a fabulous shade of mauve accented with an iridescent champagne color.
Galalith is a synthetic polymer derived from formaldehyde and milk casein; this is why the plastic smells like milk when heated.
After its invention in the late 1800's, galalith was deemed a fantastic material for jewelry-making.
Each side of this lovely belt buckle is rendered in a dramatic mauve-color throughout while applied panels of faux mother-of-pearl add a great flash of iridescence.
The panels are held to the mauve base with tiny brass rivets.
Their liner, triangular shape gives the buckle a great sense of classic Art Deco style.
The reverse of each side includes two straight bars across the back; one has a loop while the other has a hook allowing them to attach securely to one another.
The metals as well as the galalith show some wear and darkening, but both sides of the fantastic belt buckle remain in otherwise good vintage condition.
The colors and the deco design are so intriguing. We look at these as components for another art form, so use your imagination and give this fabulous buckle a new purpose. It deserves it.
Measurements: Each side measures 2 5/8" long, 1 ½" wide and ¼" deep, Total length (together) is 3 1/8" Total weight: 8.7 grams (0.31 oz)
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