Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Item Measurements: The belt buckle measures 2.53" in length and 3.21" wide. Collectible Type: Sash cape buckle. Men's or Women's: Unisex. This large belt, cape, or sash buckle was made in the Rococo style, with large bands of sterling silver plating over base metal composing a swirling and floral motif.
The buckle features large accents, with large organic accents as well as smaller texture, all of which creates a lovely appearance. There is a faux belt buckle in the middle of the buckle, which allows it to be applied to and taken off of a belt or sash. This item was likely made using the repousse technique. The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns.
This item is fairly tarnished in places, which is to be expected of an item this age. The sterling silver plate is wearing through in many places, revealing the base metal beneath. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this.
This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period.This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. The late Baroque or Rococo period prevailed in the 18th century.
The period was known for its substantial use of asymmetrical designs, curves, gold, and witty, whimsical themes. Both men and women at court wore sparkling gemstones set in gold during this period, as well as colorless glass pastes and pearls. Colored gems were often highly foiled behind them to enhance the depth of color.
Jewelry was often created with naturalistic, floral designs. Rococo jewelry also featured embossed and engraved floral and feather designs on metal. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front.Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US.
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