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Antique Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Silvered & Enamel Belt Buckle c.1900 (1 of 10)
Century Antiques
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Antique Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Silvered & Enamel Belt Buckle c.1900

REF: CA2137 / LA491909
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This is lovely piece of Art Nouveau silverware that is both decorative and wearable if desired. I've bought and sold many belt buckles (or nurses buckles, as they've become generally known in the U.K.), but it's been some time since I've seen one as elaborate and decorative as this example. The design is pure Art Nouveau - the buckle is formed in two halves, with each being wing like in form. To the reverse side is the usual clasp consisting of a 'hook and eye' type mechanism, plus a retaining bar to each half to enable a fabric belt to be threaded through it. Within each half is a stylised representation of a peacock feather, with a vibrant foil backed blue-green enamel cabochon to represent the 'eye' seen on the actual feathers. There is a further rectangular foiled enamel panel at the centre, which is there no doubt to disguise where the two halves meet. Around the edge of the buckle's frame there are more stylised peacock feather motifs with their distinctive eye shapes. The whole piece has been die stamped and has a silvered finished - I make the assumption it's silver plated based on the fact there are absolutely no marks whatsoever. A solid silver piece of this kind of quality and design would undoubtedly carry a silver mark, or at the very least a good quality makers mark. In the last image you can see four score marks in the metal to the reverse of the buckle, plus the same on the other side, but these appear to be the only kind of mark apparent. The whole piece was black with tarnish when I acquired it - I've gently cleaned the front to bring out the lovely enamel colours, but I've left the reverse as found. Given the high Art Nouveau style of the piece, it will date to circa 1900, and may even be very late 19th century. I've owned a few of these silver plated buckles in the past, and curiously they rarely seem to carry any maker marks. It goes without saying that were this a hallmarked solid silver piece, either British or Continental, the price would likely be many hundreds of pounds, judging by examples seen in specialist decorative art galleries.
5.7 cm
8.8 cm
Century Antiques has clarified that the Antique Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Silvered & Enamel Belt Buckle c.1900 (LA491909) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1900
The condition all round is very good, with no major faults to report. Any yellow tinge you can see to the metal in the photographs is as a result of the piece being photographed under artificial lights - it's actually a little more 'silvery' when looked at in the flesh. The silvered surface is good and there appears to be no plate loss to the surface. The enamel cabochons are all good with only a little wear - were I being ultra critical, one of the round cabochons has some very minor scratching / scuffing to the high point of the dome, but this is barely noticeable and only mentioned for the accuracy of the description.
This Antique Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Silvered & Enamel Belt Buckle c.1900 is located in Leicestershire, United Kingdom