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Shoe buckles in case

Object Number: 
1942.234a-c
Date: 
ca. 1768
Medium: 
buckles (a,b): Silver, paste stones, black velvet; case (c): wood, leather, metal, silk
Dimensions: 
overall (case): 1 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 11.7 x 8.3 cm ) overall (each): 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 5.4 x
Description: 
Pair of silver frame shoe buckles set with oval paste gems radiating out from the inside edge of the frame; hinged chape and tongue at the center covered with black velvet; case is wooden covered with dark brown leather, the lid is arched and hinged to the box at the back, metal latch at the front, lined on the inside with white satin, cardboard divider creates separate compartments for each buckle.
Gallery Label: 
These shoe buckles were reportedly purchased by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) in Europe (probably France) as a wedding gift for his daughter Sally around 1768 (as referenced in a letter to Richard Bache dated August 13, 1768).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Abram Joseph Abeloff
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group