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Belt Buckle in Box

2007.15.48ab (RS9383)

Description

Vertical rectangular gilt metal belt buckle, stamped and chased foliate scroll design, applied stylized scrolls and flowers, front plate bolted to brass back; clasp fastener hinged at bottom and clasp at top. Brown faux leather cardboard box with painted gilt border and paper label, interior has white silk and blue paper lining; metal hook clasp.

Details

Maker
Possibly Tenney, William I., 1828-1850 (Jeweler)
Date
1828-1852
Inscriptions
"Wm I. TENNEY / Importer, Manufacturer & Dealer / IN / RICH JEWELRY, CLOCKS / Silver Ware WATCHES & Fancy Goods / BROAD 251 WAY / N - YORK / Corner of Murray St & Opposite City Hall" (Paper label)
Object type
Clothing -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
BUCKLE, BELT
fasteners
Dimensions
3 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 3/8 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2007.15.48ab
Credit Line
Museum Accession
GUSN
100672
Reference Notes
A seed pearl spray in the Smithsonian collection is also by William I. Tenney and has its original box, Fales, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 212, plate 141.

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