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


1780 -1790



Silver, paste, steel


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)


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

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