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Vertical rectangular gilt metal belt buckle, stamped and chased foliate scroll design, applied stylized scrolls and flowers, front plate bolted to brass back; clasp fastener hinged at bottom and clasp at top. Brown faux leather cardboard box with painted gilt border and paper label, interior has white silk and blue paper lining; metal hook clasp.
"Wm I. TENNEY / Importer, Manufacturer & Dealer / IN / RICH JEWELRY, CLOCKS / Silver Ware WATCHES & Fancy Goods / BROAD 251 WAY / N - YORK / Corner of Murray St & Opposite City Hall" (Paper label)
Possibly Tenney, William I., 1828-1850 (Jeweler)
3 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 3/8 in (HxWxD) (inches)
A seed pearl spray in the Smithsonian collection is also by William I. Tenney and has its original box, Fales, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 212, plate 141.