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Shoe buckle

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with pastes, with steel prongs

  • Museum number:

    M.40-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf D, box 11

Shoe buckles were worn by both men and women, and remained in fashion for most of the 18th century. The small functional silver buckles of the early 1700s became larger during the 1720s. By the mid-18th century colour and sparkle were added with gemstones or paste. By 1790 shoe buckles were falling out of use except as part of ceremonial or court dress.
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Physical description

Shoe buckle, silver, decorated with a ribbon and rosette rim and set with pastes imitating diamonds and amethysts. With steel prongs.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1780s (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with pastes, with steel prongs

Dimensions

Length: 5.05 cm, Width: 4.76 cm, Depth: 1.75 cm

Descriptive line

Silver shoe buckle, with a ribbon and rosette rim and set with pastes imitating diamonds and amethysts, England, about 1780-90

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Rosettes; Ribbon

Categories

Jewellery; Footwear; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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