Shoe buckles (pair)
overall (each): 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 in. ( 5.4 x 7.3 x 2.5 cm )
Pair of rectangular shoe buckles with metal frames set with paste gems/rhinestones; double row of gems with metal inner edge; vertical hinged rectangular chape with tongue.
These buckles belonged to Rufus King when he was ambassador to the court of St. James in London, 1796-1803. Rufus King was a lawyer and Federalist statesman. He married Mary Alsop, the daughter of a wealthy New York merchant, and moved there in 1786. He was a New York Assemblyman and also served in the legislature.
Gift of Mrs. Carroll Badeau
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