The large size of these silver and paste (cut and faceted glass) shoe buckles is typical of buckles worn by both men and women during the late eighteenth century. They are believed to have been worn to a ball celebrating George Washington's inauguration as the first president of the United States in 1789. With their resplendent decoration, these buckles would have displayed the wearer's fashionable taste and honored the formality of the occasion. More

Date

1780 -1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver, paste, steel


Dimensions

Overall: 1 1/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. (2.87 cm x 6.99 cm x 5.72 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Michael Tyson of Houston, Texas, 2000


Object Number

M-4085/A


Colors


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