What a beautiful silver belt buckle to add to your collection. This classic Belt/Sash Buckle or Brooch is solid heavy silver with an oval shape. It has beautiful Art Nouveau design completely circling the belt buckle/brooch. It measures 2 1/2" across and 1 1/2" tall with C clasp closure. Clearly hallmarked on the reverse, "STERLING 925 FINE" around the Unger Brothers trademark, INTERTWINED "U" AND "B." Circa 1880-1910. Excellent vintage condition with no scratches or marks to metal.
Some of the most collectable Art Nouveau sterling pieces were produced by this quintessential company. William Unger was a partner of Thomas A. Edison from 1870-1872 in the Newark Telegraph Works. This firm was dissolved that year and the five brothers William, George, Frederick, Herman and Eugene Unger organized Unger Brothers for the manufacture and sale of pocket knives and hardware specialties. They began the manufacture of sterling silver jewelry in 1878.