Two buckles and one button are combined to create this lovely necklace! The fashion of wearing buckles on shoes flourished in the 17th century, and came in and out of fashion into the early 20th century. Brilliant cut steel buckles such as these were made in Paris circa 1890-1900. As with buttons, men wore the fancy shoe buckles in the early centuries, but by the mid-1900s, shoe buckles had passed into the realm of women’s wear.
- Faux cut steel shoe buckle, circa 1900, 2 1/8 inches by 1¾ inches.
- Well-made brass openwork and cut steel button, circa 1880-90.
- Tiny brass and cut steel buckle, circa 1880-90.
- 31 inch long chain.
- 2½ inch long tassel handmade with tiny buckle and bits of chain.