This 72.8 grams sterling quintessential Art Nouveau oversized 4.5" brooch is most likely the boldest, heaviest Unger Bros brooch on the net. This circa 1900 "C" catch sash buckle ornament pin with "hasp" is marked: "Sterling 925 Fine" Unger Brothers. They were known for their "repousse" look on thick silver. Many of their pieces are unmarked, making this a very collectible piece. Very fine condition with slightly wavy pin stem, perfect for this age.
$17 USPS Priority/Ins/Track or Free w/USA CK or USPS MO.
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"Nouveau buckle big enough to bring down bid game."
The last of the five Unger brothers has not been down for breakfast in 102 years. Too soon? Surely they would not be too offended to see their fabulous, massive Art Nouveau sterling silver sash buckle pin ornament described in such a manner. After all this signed piece is just under 4.5" long and weighs 2.6 oz or 72.8 grams on postal scale ...of sterling silver. Probably the boldest on the net.
This is the quintessential flowing line design for this period, making one wonder if Emma Dickinson, who married Eugene Unger, had a whole lot to say about the making of this piece. It has been said that her talent and taste, not to mention marrying into the Unger business, may have been the impetus for the developement of what they are best known for which is their fabulous Art Nouveau silver product line.
In 1872 William, George, Frederick, Herman and Eugene began their Unger Brothers pocket knives business in Newark, New Jersey, only to move on to the production of silver jewelry during the late 1870s. They reigned as America's Art Nouveau Silver Jewelry Kings, but by 1910 the short lived meandering line design period was over. Soon after, this style of often unsigned Unger Brothers jewelry production stopped.
The earlier Victorian style jewelry is not of the quality of their later now more sought after standard, making signed Art Nouveau sterling pieces that much more desirable for the serious collector.
All images and text solely owned by Mimi Dee December 1, 2012