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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Knee Buckle

1762-1768 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, steel prong
Brief Description
Silver, (one of a pair), France, Paris marks for 1765-66, mark of Francois Delapierre.
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 3.8cm
  • Width: 3.27cm
  • Depth: 1cm
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
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
M.35-1909

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record createdJune 3, 2005
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