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Shoe Buckle

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

Gold or silver buckles for shoes were in fashion for most of the 18th century. They gave the finishing touches to elegant dress and were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men as well as women. Gentlemen wore matching shoe and knee buckles.

Making buckles became a highly skilled craft at which English silversmiths and jewellers 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.

By 1790 shoe buckles were falling out of use, except as part of ceremonial or court dress.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver set with pastes
Brief Description
Silver shoe buckle, set with pastes, England, ca.1770.
Physical Description
Silver shoe buckle set with pastes.
Dimensions
  • Length: 5.55cm
  • Width: 4.95cm
  • Depth: 2.33cm
Credit line
Given by the Rev. R. Brooke
Summary
Gold or silver buckles for shoes were in fashion for most of the 18th century. They gave the finishing touches to elegant dress and were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men as well as women. Gentlemen wore matching shoe and knee buckles.



Making buckles became a highly skilled craft at which English silversmiths and jewellers 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.



By 1790 shoe buckles were falling out of use, except as part of ceremonial or court dress.
Collection
Accession Number
945-1864

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record createdJune 3, 2005
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