We have similar Nurses' Buckle items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight: 24.1 Grams. Item Measurements: The two halves of the nurses' buckle measure 2.75" in width each and 5.50" together.Each buckle graduates from 0.20" to 0.80" long. Men's or Women's: Unisex. Notable Features: This nurses' buckle was handmade during the Art Nouveau era. 925 sterling silver, the nurses' buckle features elegant Neoclassical and Rococo-inspired foliate designs. Nurses buckles, though not a buckle in the traditional sense, were a style of clasp attached to the ends of a cape and then hooked together to keep the cape secure.
They were popularized by nurses, who wore them as part of their uniforms to keep their capes in place. This nurses' buckle features elegant designs of curling vines and flowers inspired by the Rococo revival movement that emerged from the French royal court during the 1730s.
Whimiscal and asymmetrical, the patterns of vines are accented by Neoclassical figures of a griffon and a cherub, resulting in a truly unique and sophisticated overall design. On the back of one buckle is a loop through which a hook on the other buckle can be attached. Traditionally the ends of a cape would have been tied to the tapered end of the buckles and brought together when the hook was attached to the loop. A unique piece of Art Nouveau history, this nurses' buckle would make an excellent addition to any antique collection or wardrobe.Don't miss your chance to preserve this piece of cultural history. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry.
The Neoclassical era corresponds roughly with the period between 1760 and 1830, a time of increased political upheaval and change in Europe and North America. Inspired by the themes of personal liberty and progress introduced during the Age of Enlightenment, populations at large began to distance themselves from the lavish and exorbitant lifestyles and fashion of the wealthy, looking to the ancient Greco-Roman world for inspiration and direction.Born from this search for new philosophies and fashions that reflected their Enlightenment values was the Neoclassical style. Unlike philosophers and artists, who had examples of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and art to base their work off, jewelers had very few pieces to reference, and instead created their own style of jewelry based on what they imagined would have been worn in the ancient Greco-Roman world. This saw jewelry emerge that incorporated motifs inspired by Greco-Roman architecture, artwork, and, later, excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Unlike jewelry from previous eras, which was made for the wealthy elite, Neoclassical jewelry was designed for and influenced by the people. The late Baroque or Rococo period prevailed in the 18th century.
The period was known for its substantial use of asymmetrical designs, curves, gold, and witty, whimsical themes. Both men and women at court wore sparkling gemstones set in gold during this period, as well as colorless glass pastes and pearls. Colored gems were often highly foiled behind them to enhance the depth of color.Jewelry was often created with naturalistic, floral designs. Rococo jewelry also featured embossed and engraved floral and feather designs on metal. Nurses Buckles were used for both a buckle on the waist and more commonly used to hold in place the two ends of the traditional Nurse's Cape that was worn during the Art Nouveau era. The two halves would clip together in the center bringing together the ornate scene of the buckles. The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Nurses Womens Cape Sash Belt Buckle" is in sale since Sunday, January 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.