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  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper ware and back-painted glass, mounted in cut steel and painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery, case 1

Object Type
The buckle is made as a single piece, and has two wide loops on the back. It was probably for a woman's belt, which may have been worn high under the bust.

Materials & Making
Steel was relatively inexpensive, but the labour-intensive facetting on the best cut-steel work made it costly. The cut-steel mounts on Wedgwood's Jasper are often attributed to the great Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), a friend and rival of Wedgwood's. In 1786 Wedgwood wrote to explain to him that 'I have left a few sets of my cameo buttons to be mounted, & shall be glad to increase our connection in this way, as well as selling you cameos for your trade, as in having them mounted by you for mine, both in gilt metal & steel'. Wedgwood also supplied Jasper for mounting to Green & Vale of Birmingham and Vernon & Hasselwood of Wolverhampton. Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Woodstock were the chief centres for cut-steel. The painted glass medallion has an engine-turned backing.

Design & Designing
The Jasper reliefs are of the Signs of the Zodiac. These are based on a relief that Wedgwood bought from the London plaster shop of Mrs Landr‚ in 1774.

Physical description

Buckle of cut steel, mounted with two circular blue jasperware plaques with white reliefs of the signs of the Zodiac. The two circular panels, with steel segments above and below, are connected with one another by an oval medallion with a miniature painting in black on opal glass of a classical female figure.

Place of Origin

Etruria (probably, made)


ca. 1810 (made)


Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Jasper ware and back-painted glass, mounted in cut steel and painted


Width: 11.43 cm, Depth: 8.6 cm

Descriptive line

Belt buckle of cut steel, mounted with two circular blue jasperware plaques, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd., probably Etruria, ca. 1810.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

ill. p.147
Mason, Shena (Ed.), Matthew Boulton: selling what all the world desires, Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, 2009
Young, Hilary (ed.). The Genius of Wedgwood. London : Victoria & Albert Museum, 1995

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This large buckle was probably made for a high-waisted dress of the type fashionable after 1800. [27/03/2003]


Jasper ware; Glass; Steel


Mounted; Painted

Subjects depicted

Zodiac; Female


Ceramics; Fashion; British Galleries; Jasperware; Europeana Fashion Project


Ceramics Collection

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