Excellent vintage condition; fine embossed details and lovely patina
Cupid & Love, Hearts, Arrows!!
Practical AND Romantic!!
Fine, Detailed Embossing Artwork!
Dress Up Any Belt
Dimensions: 3.25" L X 2.25" W
Weight: Approx. 1.35 ozt. / 42 grams
Gorgeous Embossed finish on 925 Sterling Silver Openwork!
Marked on reverse with Gorham hallmarks and "Sterling."
Gorham silver hallmarks of lion, anchor, and G.
How many gifts can be both practical and romantic? This buckle fits both descriptions. Detailed silver embossed buckle delivers sparkle to any belt. As a belt buckle it is a practical item. It is also durable in sterling silver with the Gorham standard of quality. Yet the embossing artwork, that might also be called repoussé, gives it a romantic touch. Although the romantic references and elements are clearly visible, because the overall pattern is complex, these elements are not overwhelming and you see more and more glorious detail every time you look at the belt buckle. The rectangular form of the buckle contains an openwork decoration of Cupids, hearts, and arrows within a pierced C-scroll and floral border. There is a profusion of these decorative elements without any blank spaces, placed in an overall cohesive openwork pattern. The decorative embossing is in sharp detail; further enhanced by the rich color and texture of the embossing treatment and patina, beautifully highlighted by areas of exposed sterling silver.
Perfect as gift of love to yourself or as a sentimental gift to a loved one. The hearts and arrows can represent love, caring, or a romantic connection. A lover, a family member, a close friend, or yourself will cherish this buckle as a collectible item that will turn into a memorable heirloom. The patina on this piece exudes over a century of love and romance, is absolutely essential to bring out the exquisite detail, and is a major design element. A regular silver cleaner might remove this embossing treatment. The buckle should only be cleaned with gentle cleaners that do not remove embossing or tarnish, as this would alter the appearance. A professional jeweler could also assist with gentle cleaning as necessary.
This could be described as an Art Nouveau (or also similar to Rococo or Victorian) pattern. The style of the Gorham hallmarks seems to indicate that this piece is from between 1875 - 1900. One of the hallmarks on the back is possibly pointing to 1896.
A gift that is Practical AND Romantic for that special loved one!
Whoever said a practical and durable belt buckle can't express feelings of love?
Nobody can truly say you're not Practical OR Romantic anymore.