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

Shoe Buckle

ca. 1760s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Shoe buckles were worn by both men and women, and remained in fashion for most of the 18th century. The small functional silver buckles of the early 1700s became larger during the 1720s. By the mid-18th century colour and sparkle were added with gemstones or paste. 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, with steel
Brief Description
Silver shoe buckle, set with pastes, England, about 1760-70
Physical Description
Shoe buckle of silver set with white pastes, the prongs steel.
Dimensions
  • Width: 5cm
  • Height: 4.5cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Style
Summary
Shoe buckles were worn by both men and women, and remained in fashion for most of the 18th century. The small functional silver buckles of the early 1700s became larger during the 1720s. By the mid-18th century colour and sparkle were added with gemstones or paste. By 1790 shoe buckles were falling out of use, except as part of ceremonial or court dress.
Collection
Accession Number
903-1900

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record createdFebruary 3, 2003
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