Gloria Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, heiress, and socialite, most noted as the woman who gave us great-fitting blue jeans. She was the only child of a railroad heir and a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family of New York. She's also known as the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Gloria Vanderbilt has always lived in luxury and wouldn't put her name on anything but the very best. And this heavy sterling silver swan buckle is the best (and there's not another like it anywhere on the Internet).
The simple Modernist design of a swan curved around to preen its feathers is fantastic. The bird is big...3 1/2 inches across by 2 1/8 inches high. The buckle weighs a hefty 57 grams. The back is marked GLORIA VANDERBILT - STERLING - 83. There's a double bar slot for the belt to attach...it's 1 1/8 inches wide...1 inch if you use a thick material like leather.
This swan can also be put on a wide chain, leather or fabric to wear around the neck. It would make a superb necklace. We've given this a light buff. The back can be polished more but we leave it to the buyer. This is in excellent vintage condition...light wear but no dents or dings. It's a great piece by a designer with very fine taste.
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Modernist Heavy Sterling Silver Swan Buckle Gloria Vanderbilt