This early Chinese buckle is a handmade oval of Chinese coin-like disks with alternating flowers. Each is hand-engraved around the central buckle bar. The detailing on the disks and along the oval frame that holds them is remarkable...down to each tiny Chinese character.
The back of the buckle is marked with two criss-crossing lines in the shape of an ~X~...a mystery Chinese hallmark.
The buckle measures 2 1/8 inches across by 2 5/8 inches high. It weighs 22.5 grams. It acid-tested for sterling or at least 900 coin silver. The two-prong belt holding bar swivels smoothly.
The crafting of this piece is such perfection that it could (and should) be elevated from the waistline to the neckline. Placed along a black velvet ribbon or attached to a silver chain, this becomes a gorgeous pendant.
This Qing Dynasty era buckle is circa late 1800s. Excellent antique condition.
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Antique Chinese Coin Silver Engraved Buckle - Pendant