Shoe Buckle thumbnail 1
Shoe Buckle thumbnail 2
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Shoe Buckle

1737 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

An inscription and symbols of mortality decorate the band of this black shoe buckle. The inscription tells us that it was made to commemorate the death of Queen Caroline, consort of George II, who died on 20 November 1737, in her 55th year. Many mourning rings from this period have survived, but mourning buckles are comparatively rare, although they must have been made in large numbers.
(Image - top left)


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Black japanned brass
Brief Description
Rectangular shoe buckle with gently curving sides, inscribed and decorated with symbols of mortality, black japanned brass, England, 1737
Physical Description
Rectangular buckle with gently curving sides, inscribed and decorated with symbols of mortality. Inscribed with: 'CAROLINA D.G/MAG. BR. FR. ET/ HIB.REG.OB.20/NOV 1737 AE.55.'
Dimensions
  • Width: 5.5cm
  • Height: 4.3cm
  • Depth: 1.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'CAROLINA D.G/MAG. BR. FR. ET/ HIB.REG.OB.20/NOV 1737 AE.55.' (Inscribed. Queen Caroline (1683-1737), consort of George II, was the daughter of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenberg-Anspach.)
Object history
Queen Caroline (1683-1737), consort of George II, was the daughter of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenberg-Anspach.
Subjects depicted
Summary
An inscription and symbols of mortality decorate the band of this black shoe buckle. The inscription tells us that it was made to commemorate the death of Queen Caroline, consort of George II, who died on 20 November 1737, in her 55th year. Many mourning rings from this period have survived, but mourning buckles are comparatively rare, although they must have been made in large numbers.

(Image - top left)
Collection
Accession Number
M.8-1973

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdJanuary 28, 2003
Record URL