Fabulous old buckle, Chinese of bronze or brass with the top gold tone overlay with black enamel in an ornate design with dragons, etc. Looks like a museum piece. Signed on the back which we just can no decipher the Chinese marks. We have not tested the metal, now who in their right mind would melt this down anyway? Plus the value is in the design and workmanship and it resembles gold gilt and enamel, testing the top would damage the piece. The buckle measures 1 & 3/4" tall and the buckle when fastened is 2 & 5/8" across with a slight curve. Just a beautiful piece to wear or to display.