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Pair of Shoe Buckles

1969.2992.1-2 (RS8294)

Description

Each of this pair of matching shoe buckles consists of two concentric circles of colorless brilliant pastes set in white metal. The outermost circle is set with small stones in a scalloped edge, while the innermost circle is set with larger pastes. The brass-hinged chape and tongue are purely decorative. Each buckle is mounted on a piece of black leather. These buckles loosely resemble eighteenth century shoebuckles, but the scalloped edges, overall shape, and decorative rather than functional chape point toward a late nineteenth or early twentieth-century date.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1890-1930
Made to approximate 18th century shoe buckles.
Location of origin
England
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
silver (metal)
Object type
Clothing -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
BUCKLE, SHOE
fasteners
silver (metal)
Dimensions
1 7/8 in (1); 1 7/8 in (2) x 2 1/16 in (1); 2 1/16 in (2) (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.2992.1-2
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
100649
Reference Notes
For more information on the Codman estate see the entire issue of "Old Time New England" 71, no. 258 (1981).

Comments

Buckle attribution #

AvatarPosted by Ken Smith on February 26, 2012
I have collected buckles for thirty years. These particular examples look more like the Classical-Revival shoe trims produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "in Georgian style". The tongues are decorative and not made for serious use.

Thank you for your comment #

AvatarPosted by Laura Johnson on February 28, 2012
Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for your interest in our collections and your comment on this pair of shoe buckles. I agree that the shape and style of the buckle do look quite different from those made in the late eighteenth century.

Sincerely,

Laura Johnson
Associate Curator