Antique Art Nouveau Silver Plated Nurses Buckle Alphonse Mucha Style c. 1900
Antique Art Nouveau Silver Plated Nurses Buckle. In The Style Of Alphonse Mucha - c. This is a lovely late Victorian / early Edwardian era buckle or nurse's buckle that has been made in a high Art Nouveau style - the item has been manufactured in brass with a silver plated surface. As with most buckles it is made in the usual 2-part configuration with a hook and eye mechanism to the reverse which clasp together to close the belt - there is a retaining bar to each half that you would secure a fabric belt to in order to wear it. The whole buckle is extremely Art Nouveau in manner with the centrepiece being a stylised maiden with wild flowing locks of hair - she is surrounded by floral, foliage and scroll motifs. The maiden depicted in the design is very much in the style of the Czech painter and graphic designer, Alphonse Mucha who is famous for his theatrical posters, particularly those picturing the actress, Sarah Bernhardt. Naturally, I'm not suggesting a design of his was used for this buckle, but the highly stylised design is reminiscent of his famous art works. These types of buckles are often known generically as nurses buckles as they were popular with registered nurses from Victorian times through to the present day - they were the only piece of uniform they could wear that wasn't regulated so henceforth there are a wide array of designs to be found - they remain popular as graduation gifts with newly qualified nurses to this day. There are no visible makers marks to the buckle to attribute it to a maker - the only marks are on the retaining bars (see pictures 7 and 8).
One half has the Roman numeral'VII' and the other half has'XV' - I've seen similar marks on a piece I had some time ago, but I concede that I've no idea what they mean in this instance. The item measurements are: Height : 6cm top to bottom - Width 8.5cm across (both halves joined) - the total unpacked weight is 39.9g. The condition of the item is good all round - naturally, given the fact it is nearly 120 year old there are some normal signs of wear and use - viewed under magnification there are tiny scratches and contact marks to the surface, which is all perfectly normal given it was a worn item rather than an ornament - the plated surface to the front with extremely minimal signs of the base metal showing through (the area around the ladies head is in good order). The reverse of the buckle shows slightly more wear to the plated surface where it has had repeated rubbing against clothing, but even this is negligible - the reverse is also patinated dark with tarnish and years of wear. With the addition of a pertersham fabric belt the item can still be worn today if desired.
Although this item is produced in silver plate, the design is stunning and so evocative of the early years of the 20th century - the same or similar design made in solid hallmarked silver would cost hundreds of pounds and if it were by a famous maker the price might tip into 4 figures! - please study the images provided to satisfy yourself as to the condition of the item - if you have any further questions please ask and I'll be happy to oblige.
The item "Antique Art Nouveau Silver Plated Nurses Buckle Alphonse Mucha Style c. 1900" is in sale since Sunday, June 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Buckles". The seller is "century-antiques-uk" and is located in Wigston. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Antique Buckle: Antique Silver Plated Buckle
- Product: Buckles
- Style: Art Nouveau
- Age: 1900-1940
- Composition: Silver Plate
- Art Nouveau Buckle: Art Nouveau Silver Plated Buckle
- Alphonse Mucha: Alphonse Mucha Maiden Buckle