Shoe buckles in a leather case, Paris, mid 18th century. Once owned by a wealthy Basle family, made of cast silver; the fasteners are gilt. The buckles are studded with imitation diamonds, which did not, however, have cheap associations; they are made of strass, a special form of brilliant lead crystal with a high constituent of quartz. This paste is now believed to have been the invention of the Strasbourg chemist and jeweller Georges Frédéric Stras (1710-1773) | www.hmb.ch
Design Date: ca. 1742 (made) Artist/Maker: Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made) Helmin, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (Feminine of Helm., made) Weigel, Christoph the Younger, born 1702 - died 1777 (published)
A pair of oval shoe buckles decorated with cut crystal and trimmed with blue enamel, ca 1785-1800.
French Shoe Buckles 1700 - 1789
Wedgewood Cameo Buckle: ca. 1776-1820 (made). This buckle features jasperware plaques mounted on cut steel – a brightly polished steel, usually with pierced or faceted decoration, which was popular from around the 1760s to the 1880s. Jasperware, a very fine-grained white stoneware that can be stained a range of colours, was developed in the 1770s by the Josiah Wedgwood, who sought to break into the cameo market by making small medallions of coloured jasperware with white relief.
Shoe buckle | 1780s
Shoe buckles, late 18th century, British, metal, paste, Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/16 x 2 1/2 in. (7.8 x 6.4 cm) (c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art