This style of buckle was popularized by nurses, who wore them as part of their uniforms. The face of each buckle features designs of curling ivy leaves, which would have been very fashionable during this time period. Classic nurse buckle style -- each buckle is attached to the ends of a cape and then hooked together to keep the cape secure. One buckle has a loop on the back through which a hook on the other buckle is attached. Small loops on the back of each buckle to which a cape can be attached.
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.
Nurses Buckles were used for both a buckle on the waist and more commonly used to hold in place the two ends of the traditional Nurse's Cape that was worn during the Art Nouveau era. The two halves would clip together in the center bringing together the ornate scene of the buckles. The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Silver Plated Ivy Curling Leaf Cape Nurses Buckle" is in sale since Saturday, July 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.