This exquisite antique piece of cut steel riveted beads was designed as a Victorian sash buckle. Steel was cut, faceted and polished; then riveted to a steel backing. The steel beads were fashioned to emulate diamonds by candlelight. They became popular during the Georgian era and remained popular until the late Victorian era.
This buckle probably dates to the mid-Victorian era. The elongated oval buckle is made up of an inner row of crescent or moon shape beads and a second outer row of single beads that form arcs around the inner row of crescent beads. It has a large shiny metal center pin with three sharp prongs.
It's condition is absolutely amazing. The entire piece is still bright and shiny on both the front and back. The three prongs that would hold a sash in place are still very sharp. The only discoloration I note is on the reverse where the center pin has been riveted. It measures 2-1/2" high by 1" wide. The interior opening is 1-7/8" by 1/2"