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Object Name Buckle, Shoe
Alternate Name Shoe Buckles
Date 1784-1796
Description Pair of large silver shoe buckles. Each has a convex square shape with rounded corners. Decorated with an 8-point star on each side and a copper circle with a silver ball in each corner. Two stamped marks on side of each: a lion passant in a rectangle and initials "WE" in a rectangle. Each buckle is also stamped "363" on the side. Metal bars on both buckles have a stamped mark on the underside: "ELEYS PATENT 8363." One is stamped "LEFT" and the other is stamped "RIGHT." William Eley was a silver bucklesmith in Clerkenwell, London, who patented a new kind of spring chape (for attaching the buckle) in 1784.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early American)
Acquisition Gift of Linda Lipscomb
Ownership and History
Earliest Date 1784
Latest Date 1796
Maker William Eley
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Accessory
Catalog Number 86.077.0001.A-B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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