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

Shoe Buckle

ca. 1780s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver set with pastes, with steel prongs
Brief Description
Silver shoe buckle, with a ribbon and rosette rim and set with pastes imitating diamonds and amethysts, England, about 1780-90
Physical Description
Shoe buckle, silver, decorated with a ribbon and rosette rim and set with pastes imitating diamonds and amethysts. With steel prongs.
Dimensions
  • Length: 5.05cm
  • Width: 4.76cm
  • Depth: 1.75cm
Subjects depicted
Summary
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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Collection
Accession Number
M.40-1909

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record createdFebruary 3, 2003
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