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Shoe buckles (pair)

Object Number: 
Silver, paste
overall (each): 1 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 4.8 x 6.4 x 1.3 cm )
Pair of oval shoe buckles with silver frame set with floral clusters of paste gems, vertical bar secured to reverse.
Gallery Label: 
These shoe buckles belonged to David Grim (1737-1826), New York merchant and antiquarian. He was born in Zweibrücken, Bavaria, and moved to New York with his parents while an infant. From 1767-1789 he was proprietor of the Hessian's Coffee House, first on Chapel Street, then on William Street. It was a popular place for German immigrants to congregate. Grim was president of the German Society of the City of New York. After 1789 he became a merchant. He married Mary Barwick in 1781.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Harper Skillin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group