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

Knee Buckle

ca. 1770 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Gold or silver buckles were popular in the 18th century, giving the finishing touches to elegant dress. They were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men, who wore matching shoe and knee buckles, those at the knee fastening breeches at the side.

Making buckles became a highly skilled craft at which English silversmiths excelled. Exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones reflected the status of the wearer as well as the occasion. Cheaper and plainer versions were made of steel, brass and other metal alloys.

This buckle is one of a pair, with Museum no. 950A-1864.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver set with pastes
Brief Description
Knee buckle, silver set with pastes, oval with anchor-shaped pinder, made in England, about 1770
Physical Description
Silver knee buckle, set with pastes. The buckle is oval with an anchor-shaped pinder.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.7cm
  • Width: 2.7cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Credit line
Given by the Rev. R. Brooke
Subject depicted
Summary
Gold or silver buckles were popular in the 18th century, giving the finishing touches to elegant dress. They were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men, who wore matching shoe and knee buckles, those at the knee fastening breeches at the side.



Making buckles became a highly skilled craft at which English silversmiths excelled. Exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones reflected the status of the wearer as well as the occasion. Cheaper and plainer versions were made of steel, brass and other metal alloys.



This buckle is one of a pair, with Museum no. 950A-1864.
Associated Object
950A-1864 (Pair)
Collection
Accession Number
950-1864

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record createdJune 3, 2005
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