We are pleased to offer this extraordinary antique, silver-plated E.A. Bliss belt buckle.
Early E.A. Bliss jewelry is extremely rare and collectible.
The early beginnings of what became the current Napier Company, Bliss and Carpenter started in 1875, when E.A. Bliss and J.E. Carpenter acquired the Whitney and White Company.
Soon after, the company became E.A. Bliss Co.
E.A. Bliss Co. jewelry is difficult enough to find, so we were thrilled to find this exquisite antique belt buckle.
The two sides of the buckle form a coherent image when put together.
Each is stamped with an elegant pattern of flowers in bloom and graceful, organic tendrils and leaves. At the center you can see the figure of a partially nude female wandering through the pretty foliage.
Most of the figure's body is shown on the "right-hand" side of the buckle, while her arm stretches to pick a flower on the other side.
The reverse of the larger side features a hook that is attached to a wide bar on the reverse of the other side to fasten the buckle.
The hook shows E.A. Bliss's highly coveted, original "honeybee" mark.
This mark was first used in the 1890s until approximately 1917. The bee at the top of the mark has become slightly obscured, though the monogram is still perfectly clear.
Because the buckle is silver-plated over brass, it shows some minuscule areas of a gold-tone patina on the front. The opposite side exhibits a slightly darker patina.
Overall, the buckle remains in really good antique condition.
Ideal for the discerning collector of elegant, high-quality antique items, this is a wonderful example of early E.A. Bliss.
Measurements: Larger side of buckle is 1 ½" wide, Smaller side is 1 ¼" wide (with loop), Total width of buckle is 2 ½" wide, Rises approx. 10mm from flat surface Weight: 24.8 grams (0.87 oz)