Early to Mid 1800s French Cut Steel Antique Buckle


    This beautiful and well preserved example of cut steel design dates from the early to mid 1800s.

    Condition Report:

    Very Good - A couple of the cut steel studs are potentially missing. However, the design is so busy, it is difficult to tell if there are losses or if there are just omissions in the design. All of the studs are in shining, excellent condition, which is very rare for a cut steel piece.

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    The Details...

    This buckle features a gilded metal panel which is riveted with cut steel studs in a design echoing cross hatching. Between the gilded metal and studs, there is a panel of what appears to be reptile skin - most likely snakeskin. The buckle measures 6cm x 4.5cm.

    A Short History...

    From the 1700s through to the mid 1800s, cut steel was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture. It sparkled like diamonds, but was less expensive. Cut steel was a particularly coveted material in French society. When Napoleon's second Empress, Marie-Louise, commissioned sets made out of cut steel, she made it very fashionable indeed. 

    Wear it With...

    This buckle would add an edge to contemporary tailoring.

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    The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

    - Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

    - Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

    - Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

    - Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

    - If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.