Get a grip on a rare pair of authentic art deco rhinestone shoe clips / buckles. Huge center faceted shield and rectangular rhinestones are bezel set into arched silvered pot metal, dotted with chaton rhinestone throughout. With an almost architectural look the monumental buckles bespeak the angular, geometric influence of the period.
The shoe buckles are equipped with EVERGRIP slides (patent applied for circa 1928-1929 by the F.B.N. Co.). Although we are unsure if the top sides were made by this company or it simply supplied the hardware, the decorative and functional components are age correct and compatible. The slides are attached to traditional shoe buckle bars and do detach in two pieces. We believe these adjustable slides were in some manner attached to the vamp of the shoe. The purpose undeniably, pump pizzazz.
Each buckle measures approximately 2 1/4 inches x 2 inches with a 1/2 inch arch or dome. Large center rectangular flat back rhinestone is about 24 millimeters x 12 millimeters. Weight of the pair is approximately 106 grams.
Condition is very good vintage. All rhinestones intact. They do show age commensurate dimming / graying but continue to sparkle. Amazingly, the three large center stones are free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks and retain their silvery backing. Bezels hold stones securely in place. Heavy pot metal bases retain arches. Some tarnishing / blackening of metal in one corner of one buckle. Some age related wear / tarnish to reverse of buckles. Both slides intact and functional. Please note that these slides do not attach via the traditional snap shut shoe clip. One of the buckle bars has holes in either end, the other bar has none. Soldering appears to be correct and uniform on both buckles so it seems both bars are original to the pieces. May warrant some additional cleaning, if desired. Very good vintage.
Each slide is signed within a diamond shape: "EVERGRIP" , "PAT. APLD FOR" and "F.B.N. Co". Circa late '20s-mid '30s.
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