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Antique Buckles

These pieces all feature antique dress and shoe buckles, dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
  • Bracelet with Handwoven Sterling Chainmaille and Antique Sterling Buckle
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    This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930.  Inside the oval rhinestone frame of the buckle is a pierced floral motif.  A vintage glass button, intended for use as an eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.

    Details

    • 7" long with a 1" extension chain
    • sterling buckle is 1 1/2" x 1"

    Materials

    • sterling silver jump rings
    • vintage sterling and rhinestone shoe buckle
    • sterling lobster clasp

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    • Bracelet with Handwoven Sterling Chainmaille and Antique Sterling Buckle
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      Description

      This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930.  A vintage button used as a eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.

      Details

      • 7" long with a 1" extension chain
      • sterling buckle is 1 1/2" x 1"

      Materials

      • sterling silver jump rings
      • vintage sterling and rhinestone shoe buckle
      • sterling lobster clasp
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    • Vintage Rhinestone Buckles Pendant with Sterling and Gold-Filled Handwoven Chainmail OOAK
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      Description

      This necklace features silver-toned Art Deco era rhinestone buckle segments and handwoven sterling and gold-filled chainmail.   

      Details

      • focal pendant drops 2 1/2"
      • necklace is 18" long

      Materials

      • sterling silver S-hook clasp
      • sterling silver chainmail
      • gold-filled jump rings
      • vintage rhinestone buckle segments
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    • Antique Cut Steel Buckle Necklace with Sterling Handwoven Chainmaille
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      Description

      This necklace features an oval, antique cut steel shoe buckle, converted to a pendant, on handwoven, oxidized sterling silver chainmaille.  The buckle, circa late 19th century, is 2 1/2" in at its widest and 1 3/4" high. 

      Details

      • 18" long
      • one-of-a-kind

      Materials

      • sterling silver lobster clasp
      • oxidized sterling silver jump rings
      • antique cut steel shoe buckle

      Origin Story

      Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts.  This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place.  Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished.  Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets.  Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets.  Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

       

       

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    • Vintage Bakelite Buckle Necklace with Handwoven Bi-Color Chainmaille
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      Description

      This necklace features a vintage Bakelite floral buckle segment, circa 1930, and handwoven black and gold brass chainmaille.  The focal pendant is layered with three colors, brown, butterscotch and green. The bi-color chain is handwoven from black enamel and brass jump rings.  

      Details

      • necklace is 20" long
      • pendant is 1 1/2" in diameter

      Materials

      • vintage Bakelite buckle component
      • brass lobster clasp
      • black enamel and brass chainmaille

      Origin Story

      Bakelite was an early plastic, developed by Leo Baekeland in 1907. It was originally used for industrial purposes due to its ability to withstand heat.  It appeared in costume jewelry beginning in the 1920's and increased in popularity through the 30's and 40's.   Bakelite was often intricately carved and came in a wide range of beautiful colors.  Today, authentic Bakelite jewelry is highly collectible.

       

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    • Antique Cut Steel Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet features a large antique cut steel shoe buckle, circa 1880, on an upcycled black leather cuff. 

      Details

      • buckle is 2" high and 2 1/2" long
      • cuff is 1 3/4" high and 7" long

      Materials

      • brass snap closure
      • upcycled leather
      • antique cut steel shoe buckle

      Origin Story

      Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

       

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    • Antique Rhinestone Shoe Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet features a large vintage rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930, on an upcycled brown leather cuff. 

      Details

      • buckle is 1 7/8" x 2 1/4"
      • cuff is 7" in length and 1 3/4" wide

      Materials

      • vintage rhinestone shoe buckle
      • brass snap closure
      • upcycled leather
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    • Vintage Paste Shoe Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This cuff bracelet features an Art Deco era rhinestone shoe buckle and an upcycled dark brown leather cuff.

      Details

      • buckle is 1 1/8 x 1 7/8"
      • cuff is 1" wide and 7" long

      Materials

      • vintage shoe buckle
      • cycled leather
      • brass snap closure
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    • Vintage Rhinestone Shoe Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet features an Art Deco era rhinestone shoe buckle on an upcycled black leather cuff. 

      Details

      • shoe buckle is 1 1/4" x 2"
      • leather cuff is 1" wide and 7" long

      Materials

      • upcycled leather
      • vintage shoe buckle
      • brass snap closure
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    • Vintage Oval Paste Shoe Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet features a vintage oval paste shoe buckle, circal 1930, on a cuff made from upcycled leather.

      Details

      • 7 1/2" in length
      • snap closure
      • 1 1/2" wide

      Materials

      • upcycled leather
      • vintage rhinestone shoe buckle
      • brass snap closure

       

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    • Antique Brass Buckle Cuff Bracelet
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      Description

      This cuff features a segment from an ornate, gilded metal woman's cummerbund meant to adorn a belt, and dates from the 1910's-'20's era. The piece is heavy cast brass with a slightly darkened finish and embellished with tiny rhinestone rondelles.  It is attached to an upcycled brown leather cuff.

      Details

      • leather cuff is 1 1/4" wide
      • 7" in length
      • buckle is 1 9/16" high

      Materials

      • brass snap closure
      • upcycled leather
      • vintage brass buckle

       

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    • Brass Chainmaille and Antique Enameled Buckle Necklace OOAK
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      Description

      This one-of-a-kind statement necklace features a segment from an antique enameled sash buckle and watch fob, circa 1920, on a handwoven brass chain with faceted moss green quartz bead dangles. 

      Details

      • pendant and fob measure 2" at the widest point and drops 3" long [including bead dangle]
      • necklace is 20" long
      • handwoven chain is 1" at its widest along the front and 3/4" along the back.

      Materials

      • jeweler's brass chainmaille
      • brass hook clasp
      • antique enamel buckle component
      • antique watch fob component
      • moss green quartz beads

       

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    • Vintage Rhinestone Shoe Buckle and Chainmail Bracelet
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      Description

      This bracelet is made from a vintage rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1920.  It is connected to a handwoven, oxidized sterling silver chain with a vintage rhinestone hook clasp.  An antique cut glass button charm dangles from the end of the bracelet.

      Details

      • vintage shoe buckle is 2" X 1 1/4"
      • chainmaille is 3/4" wide 

      Materials

      • oxidized sterling jump rings
      • vintage rhinestone hook clasp
      • faceted antique crystal button
      • vintage rhinestone and pot metal shoe buckle

       

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    • Antique Tasseled Buckle Choker
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      This necklace features an antique silver shoe buckle, c. 1910.  It is oval in shape, covered in clear paste stones, and has two tassels suspending from the bottom.  The buckle is attached to a slinky, graduated choker base, c. 1970, that has aged to a wonderful golden, slightly irridescent patina.

      Measures 16" in length.  The base of the buckle is 3/4" long and 1" wide, the tassels extend 1 1/2 inches.  

      Fastens with a steel fold-over clasp.

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