Shoe buckles, 1758-1785
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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probably France
Artificial diamonds and steel; box of wood, sharkskin, and satin lining; Each buckle: H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)
In the 18th century most peoples' shoes were expected to serve for long periods. They required buckles, which were bought separately. The appearance of a pair of shoes could be altered dramatically by changing the buckles. These buckles were intended for dress occasions, and have survived because they were worn infrequently.
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