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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.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
1 7/8 in (1); 1 7/8 in (2) x 2 1/16 in (1); 2 1/16 in (2) (HxW) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
For more information on the Codman estate see the entire issue of "Old Time New England" 71, no. 258 (1981).
1890-1930 (Made to approximate 18th century shoe buckles.)