Large oval turn-of-the-century sterling silver sash or belt buckle made by George Henckel for the Boston-based A. Stowell Company has an ornate, swirling chased design on front which features what appear to be 2 forget-me-nots and 2 peonies. The swivelling buckle mechanism has 2 sharp tines capable of easily piercing the fabric of a sash and securing it in place.
On the reverse, one end of the buckle is stamped “A. Stowell & Co.”, while the other is hallmarked “Sterling” and has the maker’s mark for the George A. Henckel Company of New York, as well as the design number (367).
Founded in Boston in 1822 by Abel Stowell, A.Stowell & Co. dealt in jewelry, watches and clocks (and repair of same). In 1869, Abel’s son Alexander moved the ever expanding retail and import firm to its tonier 24 Winter St address, where its jewelry and “fancy goods” often had both store and maker’s marks. In this case, the buckle was made in the workshop of the George A Henckel Co. of New York, which produced jewelry for the trade from c.1900 to c. 1940, when it merged with Currier and Roby.
Photo #6 shows an excerpt from an 1896 Boston Daily Globe article describing A. Stowell’s holiday windows.
Measuring 3.5” x 2” and with a digital weight of 37.1 grams, this lovely sterling buckle is in excellent condition.
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