In the late eighteenth-century, silk-lined, red leather cases such as this one were commonly used to display and preserve fine jewelry. This case was specifically crafted to contain a fashionable pair of high-arched shoe buckles. The buckles are believed to have been worn to a ball celebrating George Washington's inauguration as the first president of the United States in 1789. More

Date

1780 -1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Wood, leather, silk, paper, pasteboard, copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall (open): 2 1/4 in. x 6 3/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (5.72 cm x 16.21 cm x 16.84 cm)
Other (closed): 1 5/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (4.14 cm x 16.21 cm x 8.89 cm)
Other (pasteboard divider): 1 5/16 in. (3.33 cm)


Credit

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


Object Number

M-4085/C


Colors


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