Description: This is a vintage solid brass and rather heavy men's belt buckle. The buckle is oval in shape and a beautiful art nouveau raised design showing several nudes in the woods. The buckle has a loop to attach the belt and a protruding pin to go into the belt's notches on the back. The back has the maker's mark an image of a man's bust with the words Napoleon Emperor around it in the center of the back. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely 1970s could be earlier.
Origin: Purchase at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The buckle is ~ 3 7/8" x 2 1/2" and weighs 7 ounces.
Maker: Bergamot Brass Works.
Marks: Marked on the back with the maker's mark consisting of the letters BBW in beautiful decorative calligraphy within a circle with the letters B-180 above it. It also has image of a man's bust with the words "Napoleon Emperor" around it in the center of the back.
Condition: The buckle is in very good condition with no breaks, distortions, or repair. It has a nice dark patina with nice shiny golden brass on the high points. It does have some waviness at the raised edge on the front, which we believe is original to the making. Other than that the piece is in good used condition. The piece could probably use a good polishing, but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. Please see photos for additional condition information.