We are thrilled to present this spectacular Edwardian (c. 1901-1910) belt buckle which features breathtaking champlevé enamel and dazzling aubergine paste rhinestones.
You can see that the buckle is pervaded by an elegant scrolling theme.
The design is reminiscent of Art Nouveau and Victorian aesthetics while uniting styles anticipatory of the Art Deco era.
The natural, rich shade of the brass creates the perfect background for the bright white, deep red and Royal blue of the champlevé enamel.
Champlevé is a centuries old technique where reservoirs or "cells" are made in a pattern and then filled with vitreous enamel.
Each side of the buckle (which can be easily taken apart with the use of a large hook on the reverse) is accented with three prong-set rhinestones in a luscious shade of deep purple.
One side of the two-part buckle is slightly longer than the other, allowing them to overlap.
The end of the larger buckle features a tall marquise cut rhinestone at the center in the same ethereal shade of aubergine.
When the buckles are conjoined, this larger rhinestone creates the perfect centerpiece.
The larger side features a wide hook on the reverse which connects easily to a wide loop on the obverse of the opposing side of the buckle.
Two brass bars on the back of each side would have made it simple to attach to a belt; you can use these to display the piece or make a unique necklace of your own.
As you can see, the belt buckle shows some expected darkening and a few areas of enamel loss.
Despite these minor cosmetic issues, this elegant belt buckle remains in good antique condition.
Belt buckle measures 3 1/4" long, 2 3/16" tall and 5/8" deep
Weight: 32.6 grams (1.15 oz)
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