We were pleasantly surprised after cleaning this Victorian Sash Buckle. We normally do not over clean our vintage and antique metals when they have a nice patina, but this piece was beyond patina it was black and grimy. I saw the tiniest hint of gold coming through and figured it was gilt over brass and boy was I surprised. This buckle is solid 10k gold. I can honestly say in over 30 years I have only seen one other in gold and it was on display. This buckle has a weight of 25.1 grams.
The buckle measures 3 1/8" long by 1 1/2" wide. It has engraved decoration of leaves and feathers with scroll work. There are 4 glass tubes attached to the setting. We did not take them out to test for Jet which is always a possibility in a gold buckle. I did not want to chance any damage. We can tell you that the black glass is highly polished, each piece measuring approximately 7/8" long 1/8" wide.
The three hooks at the front center of the buckle move up and down. They are very sharp. The back also has a movable catch for your belt or scarf. There are no markings that we can see. This item has been safely test and is guaranteed to be at least 10k gold.
This is quite a piece for the Victorian collector and would make a lovely buckle to use or for display on your Victorian vanity.
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Antique 10k Gold Victorian Sash Buckle Engraved Black Glass Accents