This rare buckle was made by the New York firm of George Shiebler, one of the most innovative designers of the time.
This buckle would have been worn on a belt or used with a sash or scarf. A lot of people today add a clip to the back and wear them as brooches.Angle detail of Shiebler Antique Sterling Silver Aesthetic Movement Buckle, New York, c. 1885
It is rectangular with a plain matte background.
Four applied animals and two applied pieces of foliage decorate the buckle including a spider, a bee and two exotic birds (one in flight).Top view of Shiebler Antique Sterling Silver Aesthetic Movement Buckle, New York, c. 1885
This lovely buckle is marked on the back with Shiebler's trademark along with 'STERLING/ 2014'. It measures 2 inches wide by 3.25 inches high, weighs 1.65 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.