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Knee buckle

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1762-1768 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    François Delapierre (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, steel prong

  • Museum number:

    M.35-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf D, box 12

Gold or silver buckles were popular in the 18th century, giving the finishing touches to elegant dress. They were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men, who wore matching shoe and knee buckles, those at the knee fastening breeches at the side.

Making buckles became a highly skilled craft in England and France. Exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones reflected the status of the wearer as well as the occasion. Cheaper and plainer versions were made of steel, brass and other metal alloys.

This buckle is one of a pair, with Museum no. M.35A-1909.

Physical description

Knee buckle, (one of a pair) silver with steel prong, four sided wavy shape, openwork design of two reeded interlacing bands, and, at the back, an anchor-shaped steel pinder or loop.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1762-1768 (made)

Artist/maker

François Delapierre (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, steel prong

Marks and inscriptions

Paris marks for 1762-68

'F.D.L.P.' with star for Francois Delapierre
Maker's mark

Maker's mark:' F.D.L.P.' with star for Francios Delapierre

Dimensions

Length: 3.8 cm, Width: 3.27 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

Silver, (one of a pair), France, Paris marks for 1765-66, mark of Francois Delapierre.

Materials

Silver; Steel

Subjects depicted

Foliated; Ribbon; Anchors (watercraft equipment)

Categories

Jewellery; Fashion; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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