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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Clips : Pre 1920 item #1114001
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Treasured by a lady who kicked up her heels celebrating the end of World War I, these VICTORY brand antique shoe buckles are truly fascinating pieces of the past. Being marked PAT 12/23/19 (presumably for their clever fastening mechanism), they're precisely dated to the transitional decade between Edwardian and Art Deco times (1910-1920). What came to be known as Deco design was gradually coming to the fore then, replacing organic curves with sleek geometry. Disparate design currents often intersected in this period. Here, the use of white metal and airy openwork are typically Edwardian, while the stylized bow motif anticipates Art Deco and its hammered texture evokes Arts and Crafts. And then we have borders embossed to resemble cut steel, which conjure up 19th century Victoriana -- as do the clips' large scale and black velvet lining (backed by beige twill).

Absolutely everything is going on style-wise -- besides which the fasteners are amazing! I finally figured out that you slide them down to make the clamps open; slide them back up the central post and they close resolutely on the shoes.

The clips measure 2.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall. Their condition is very good, with just a little lining lost, and provenance is a New Jersey estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Clips : Pre 1930 item #1113969
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Everything about these antique shoe clips says quality. They just don't make them like this anymore. The repoussé metalwork, formed to resemble cut steel, is so finely finished that the front surfaces feel silky -- and the backs actually have liners covered with silky fabric, as well as wonderfully sturdy clamps.

Despite their size -- a fairly gigantic 2.25 x 1.5 inches -- these clips can be worn as well by day as in the evening. They have an understated elegance, based on the orderly geometric embossing and their subtle pewter-like color.

Loads of life is left in these beauties. Other than minor age-appropriate wear to the fabric, the only flaw I can find is that the liners are a little loose (easily corrected with a bit of glue, if it bothers you). Probable dating would be early in the Art Deco period (1920-1925), since these bear a strong likeness to Edwardian shoe buckles.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Clips : Pre 1930 item #835108
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These curvaceous antique clips are ultra-feminine, and they're beautifully paved with diamond pastes of a more subtle hue than modern rhinestones. All are obviously original. Because the stones are of this early type, the look is dazzling white-on-white and overall design shows Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences, along with Deco, we date the clips no later than the 1920s. Each measures about 1 1/2 inches tall and 3/4 inch wide and has four nicely sharp prongs at the back.

The metal surface appears to be rhodium, a member of the hard-wearing, tarnish-free platinum family. Condition is lovely, with only a couple of stones slightly dimmed and one darkened. Personally I love these little variations in color that prove great age, but your jeweler can easily replace the dark one for a few dollars, if it bothers you.

Glitzy clips like these once made "sweetheart" necklines sweeter. Today I love to see them flashing on lapels and pockets. They're also great as barrettes and accents for scarves, handbags, hats and shoes. You can even slip them over ribbons to wear as chokers, bracelets and headbands. They're endlessly versatile, which is what clips were all about!

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