Antique & Modern: Georgian Paste Buckle and Alligator Cuff in Pomegranate Glaze
This is an antique paste buckle in the form of a stylized lovers knot on an alligator skin cuff in a deep pomegranate glaze. The buckle is from the Georgian period and is paste set in silver with steel buckle tines. The pastes have black dots at the base of the stones, which is one of the characteristics of pieces from this period. Each paste has been hand shaped so that they fit together closely, ensuring that the only thing the eye sees is a flowing, uninterrupted glittering expanse, which provides a great contrast to this deep and rich color.
A lovers knot is a symbol of love that was often used in jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian periods. It represented two people intertwined "an emblem of true love without an end." The cuff is a one-of-a-kind, custom made piece (see Dimensions & Details below for more information on dimensions and fit).
Dimensions & Details
- The buckle is comprised of paste stones and is 2.2 inches by 1.8 inches at its widest points. No modification has been made to the buckle.
- The total length of the cuff is just under 7 1/4 inches. The inside circumference (from closure point) is 6 1/2 inches and it is 1 1/2 inches wide. It can be worn loosely like a bangle or in a more fitted fashion i.e. works well on a variety of wrists, but it would be a good idea to measure prior to ordering.
- The cuff is made from high-quality, genuine American alligator in a pomegranate glaze.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian (circa late 18th c./early 19th c.) unmarked.
- The paste buckle is in good condition. There are surface scratches and a few small abrasions that are only visible with magnification. The stones are still quite bright and some give off an attractive bronze glint as you tilt them in the light. In general, the piece has minor signs of wear/age as one would expect from a well preserved antique piece. The cuff is new.
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