Pair of shoe buckles

Collection Type

  • Jewelry


ca. 1770




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.


Descriptive Terms

buckles (strap accessories)
paste (glass)
silver (metal)
steel (alloy)
Buckle, Shoe


"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"

Associated Person

Jenkins, Prudence

Additional Identification Number




Location of Origin

Birmingham, England


5/8 x 2 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Frances Chace

Accession Number


Exhibition Notes

"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

Reference Notes

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)

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