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Each of this pair of matching womens shoe buckles is oval in shape and set with a single row of with colorless pastes. At the connection with the chape and buckle surround are small paste rosettes. The buckle is silver, with a steel hinged chape and tongue.
buckles (strap accessories)
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": When Prudence Jenkins married Dr. John Chace in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 12, 1778, she wore these silver buckles on her English silk brocade shoes.
In "Cherished Possessions"
Title Paste Shoe Buckles Accession Number 1931.1668 ab
Title Pair of Bracelets Accession Number 1931.1682 ab
Title Tortoiseshell Buckle Accession Number 1931.1683 ab
Title Lava Pin Accession Number 1933.1639
Title Jet Pin Accession Number 1933.1640
Title Gold Brooch Accession Number 1933.1641
Title c - Earrings and Brooch Accession Number 1934.855 a
Title Pair of gold and enamel cufflinks Accession Number 1934.856 ab
Title Pair of earrings Accession Number 1934.857 ab
Title Tortoiseshell back comb Accession Number 1934.876
Title Paste Buckle Accession Number 1936.147 ab
Title Irish Bogwood Bracelet Accession Number 1936.148
Title Tortoiseshell hairpin Accession Number 1938.18
Title Gold "6" Brooch Accession Number 1954.130
Clothing -- Accessory
5/8 x 2 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Frances Chace
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995; "Walk Right In," Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, November 1998 to March 1999; "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, July 2003 to October 2005; and "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Pictured in Brierley, Sarah, "With this Ring I Thee Wed," Historic New England, Fall (2007): 14; Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," (2003): 57-58. For more information on pastes see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 48-51; 115-120; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 54-55.
Probably Birmingham (Birmingham borough, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom)