It is probable that this piece is an alternative or preliminary version of the clasp of Fisher's important Wagner Girdle illustrated and described in The Studio, Vol. 10, for April 1897, p. 191 and Arts and Crafts, Vol. ? for June 1904, p. 24, whose clasp also depicts the lovers. The final version was made of 'chiselled steel' rather than silver and is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
The Arts and Crafts says of the Wagner Belt '... this charming work by Mr. Alexander Fisher may fairly be considered not only the best thing of the kind that he has done, but perhaps the best piece of original jewellery that has been publicly exhibited in England since the Movement or the genre was started.
'The belt was shown in parts at the Royal Academy, and when completed, at the New Gallery. It owes its name to the fact that it is composed of links on which are enamelled representations of scenes from the whole of Wagner's opera, there being one illustration to each piece ... The Wagner Belt was the first belt of its kind and set a fashion in jewellery which has since had a great vogue.'