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

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, with exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones that 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
Pastes set in silver
Brief Description
Blue and white pastes set in silver, Western Europe, about 1760.
Physical Description
Buckle, blue and white pastes set in silver.Rounded, decorated with a ribbon of white pastes which curve in and out between larger pastes.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.8cm
  • Width: 4.1cm
  • Depth: 1.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
No marks
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
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, with exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones that 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
M.70-1962

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record createdJune 10, 2005
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