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Knee buckle

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rich, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Rev. R. Brooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf D, box 6

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 at which English silversmiths excelled. 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, one of a pair, with Museum no. 954-1864, bears the mark of the London buckle-maker John Rich.

Physical description

Gold knee buckle of ribbon and rosette design, with anchor-shaped pinder.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1780 (made)


Rich, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of IR for John Rich


Length: 3.8 cm, Width: 2.9 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Gold knee buckle of ribbon and rosette design, no hallmarks, made by John Rich, London, about 1780




Jewellery; Fashion; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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