Buckles . . .books and buttons

If you collect buttons you find yourself with quite a few
buckles in your possession.  Buckles just seem to slip
naturally into those old button boxes.  Today’s post

will show you some of the buckles that I have currently.
As always,  just click to enlarge the photos to see closeups.

I’ll start with the most astonishing one I can think of, and
that is this fine rhinestone buckle—  each half is 2 1/2 inches in
diameter and might date to the 1940s or so.  Isn’t it grand?
I bought it in St. Louis a couple of years ago.

a rhinestone buckle from the 1940s ©booksandbuttons

a rhinestone buckle from
the 1940s ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, also from St. Louis is this dear old Victorian lady on a
brown leathery background—she might be pewter.  And, as in
the case of many a buckle, half of it is gone!  But I’m glad someone
decided to save this half.

Pewter Victorian lady on half a buckle.  Diameter is 2 1/4" ©booksandbuttons

Pewter Victorian lady on half a buckle. Diameter is 2 1/4″ ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes they are just simple plastic or mother of pearl
buckles.  Sometimes they are just black plastic and not too
interesting.  Here are some of my plain ones:

the large orange one is 3 inches across  ©booksandbuttons

the large orange one is 3 inches across ; the metal one has an anchor ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some early ones.  I like the rectangular one with the
cherub cutout.  It is 1 1/2″ across.

Old celluloid and plastic buckles ©booksandbuttons

Old celluloid and plastic buckles ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

These buckles are missing their other halves–and are
early, mostly celluloid.  The three near the bottom are metal.

the red one is 1 3/4" across ©booksandbuttons

the red one is 1 3/4″ across ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a pretty half buckle of carved mother of pearl:

old buckles 010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite of all is this old tin buckle with pretty
embossed colorful flowers.  I bought it in London
at a Covent Garden flea market.  I think it might have
looked wonderful on a silky frock:

Old tin flowered buckle is 2 1/8" across  booksandbuttons

Old tin flowered buckle is 2 1/8″ across booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally a buckle that looks good enough to be in a
Tiffany store window!

Antique rhinestone and yellow metal buckle ©booksandbuttons©booksandbuttons

Antique rhinestone and yellow metal buckle ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

Please tell me about the buckles you have!

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6 Responses to Buckles . . .books and buttons

  1. Buttondeb says:

    What a lovely and varied collection! Hard to pick a favorite–but the detail on the pewter Victorian lady is quite special.
    I can see many of them used as a lovely way to fasten a silk scarf…would you?

  2. Stefanie says:

    Who knew buckles were so frequently to be found with buttons? I didn’t! You have some really pretty ones 🙂

  3. jenclair says:

    What unique examples of buttons and buckles. Thanks, for sharing!

    • booksandbuttons says:

      thank *you* for stopping in. and enjoyed your
      site very much, too—-a fidget quilt—never heard
      of it but the idea is fantastic.

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