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Pair of shoe buckles

Pair of shoe buckles

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blued steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Rev. R. Brooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Men, women and children wore shoe buckles. They became fashionable in the 1660s and were used in various shapes and forms into the 19th century, although from the 1790s their popularity declined.
Shoe buckles were attached to two straps which they secured over the instep of the shoe. When in use, only the decorative frame of the buckle was visible, while the straps hid the middle bar and prongs.
The frame of this buckle is made from blued steel. The colouring was either achieved by exposing the steel to heat or pickling it with acid. Blueing not only looked attractive but also provided some protection against rusting.

Physical description

A rectangular shoe buckle made from steel blued either by heat or acid.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Blued steel


Width: 4.3 cm, Length: 5.1 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of rectangular shoe buckles made from blued steel, England, ca. 1800

Labels and date

18. BUCKLE, steel, blued, England; c. 1780
Museum No. 944-1864 [07/1994]






Accessories; Metalwork; Ironwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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