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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