This silver and paste buckle is one of a pair originally owned by George Washington. A pronged tongue, now missing, and the anchor piece on the back of the buckle would have enabled it to secure the knee bands on a pair of breeches. The rectilinear frame adorned with sparkling pastes - rhinestones made of glass - is indicative of the neoclassical taste for bold geometric forms. Washington would likely have worn this buckle on formal occasions along with similar paste buckles on his shoes. More

Date

1770-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver, iron, paste


Dimensions

Overall: 1 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 3/8 in. (3.18 cm x 3.18 cm x 0.97 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund and partial gift of an anonymous donor, 2004
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Object Number

W-2785


Colors


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