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Shoe buckle in the form of a bow, silver set with pastes and amethysts, England, about 1760. Gold or silver buckles for shoes were in fashion for most of the 18th century. They gave the finishing touches to elegant dress and were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men as well as women. Gentlemen wore matching shoe and knee buckles. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O112614/shoe-buckle-unknown/

Shoe buckle in the form of a bow, silver set with pastes and amethysts, England, about 1760. Gold or silver buckles for shoes were in fashion for most of the 18th century. They gave the finishing touches to elegant dress and were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men as well as women. Gentlemen wore matching shoe and knee buckles. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O112614/shoe-buckle-unknown/

Aren't these spiffy shoe buckles -- dated 1770 - 1778, Birmingham England --- well at least that was were they were made.  Just think of the shine they would make at a ball!

Aren't these spiffy shoe buckles -- dated 1770 - 1778, Birmingham England --- well at least that was were they were made. Just think of the shine they would make at a ball!

Wedgewood Cameo Buckle: ca. 1776-1820 (made). This buckle features jasperware plaques mounted on cut steel – a brightly polished steel, usually with pierced or faceted decoration, which was popular from around the 1760s to the 1880s. Jasperware, a very fine-grained white stoneware that can be stained a range of colours, was developed in the 1770s by the Josiah Wedgwood, who sought to break into the cameo market by making small medallions of coloured jasperware with white relief.

Wedgewood Cameo Buckle: ca. 1776-1820 (made). This buckle features jasperware plaques mounted on cut steel – a brightly polished steel, usually with pierced or faceted decoration, which was popular from around the 1760s to the 1880s. Jasperware, a very fine-grained white stoneware that can be stained a range of colours, was developed in the 1770s by the Josiah Wedgwood, who sought to break into the cameo market by making small medallions of coloured jasperware with white relief.

1690-1720. Ivory kid w/ padded metallic silver embroidery on ivory silk vamp, red leather heels, applied label on bottom, "17th C pur. Hearst Col. Gimbel Bros, 1942 Traphagen School

1690-1720. Ivory kid w/ padded metallic silver embroidery on ivory silk vamp, red leather heels, applied label on bottom, "17th C pur. Hearst Col. Gimbel Bros, 1942 Traphagen School

Mid 18th c ladies shoes brocaded in pink & green silk. Copyright Fairfax House

Mid 18th c ladies shoes brocaded in pink & green silk. Copyright Fairfax House

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