This pair of shoe buckles are divine. They date to the late Victorian era, and are most likely French in origin, although surprisingly they are not hallmarked.
The pair are made up of shiny cut steel beads in a very attractive pattern. They were used during the mid to late 19th Century, primarily in Europe, to decorate one's shoes. There is a bar on the back of each, with two tiny holes to allow you to sew it to your shoe.
The buckles measure 2" by 1 1/2" and are slightly domed. There is one tiny steel bead missing one one of the buckles. I see no signs of rust on the front, but there is some slight rusting to the underside of the two bars.
These could be added to your shoes for an individual look, or used as belt buckles if you slip a piece of fabric through.
I have sold several of these buckles to jewelry designers, who use them in their own jewelry designs.
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