Antique late 1900s ladies’ lilac moire grosgrain sash belt clasps with a gilt metal Fishel Nessler buckle. The single tine buckle features an oblong shape with sinuous Art Nouveau ripples in it that evoke a woman’s flowing hair. A simple flat “eye” to match the buckle’s hook has been attached to the belt’s opposite end.
Photo #6 shows two similar belts from the 1909 New York Fashions catalog; according to the description the similar shape/style buckle on the right bottom was also gilt metal, and the one on the top right was made with a white grosgrain sash. I believe that the signed buckle and grosgrain sash in the belt being offered here, however, were likely purchased separately, and then assembled by their Edwardian era owner.
The buckle measures 2 1/3” x 1 ½” and is signed on the back of the hook with Fishel Nessler’s early mark; the New York-based company was in business from 1885 through the 1930s.
The belt measures 29” from the outside edge of the buckle to the “eye”, and is 1 7/8” wide. There is an allowance of material (approximately an inch on either end), so the belt could theoretically be made larger; I don’t recommend doing so, however, as it may stress the fabric (which is quite sturdy at present).
Buckle is in excellent condition with very minor surface wear; belt is in good condition with two green 1” streaks on the reverse of the belt, and two ½” green streaks (a bit fainter) on the front (see photo #7).
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