10K gold patriotic belt buckle, including securing mechanism. 1.625 x 2.5 in. (41 x 64mm) (12.41 dwt). Top features eagle clutching a snake in its beak surrounded by stars, bottom with scene of soldiers preparing for battle with a canon, bayonet, and American flag, and mounted cavalrymen wielding swords at each side. Enclosed by scroll-work border. Three-prong securing mechanism, unmarked, but possibly produced by W. Cummings, ca 1868, based on strikingly similar example sold in these rooms as Lot 372, American History Auction, November 15, 2013.
Although not marked, the piece very closely resembles several pieces made by the California Jewelry Company, which was located on Sutter Street in San Francisco, CA, ca 1870-1878.
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