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Steel Buckle

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1934F30.1
Collection:Social History
Date:1750 c - 1750 c


Birmingham was famous for making 'toys' or small metal goods in the 18th century. In the 1770s, there were over 40 buckle makers working in Birmingham, mostly in the Digbeth area. It took considerable skill to make buckles and craftsmen were rewarded with a good salary of around 30shillings (1.50) a week. The good times were short lived though, as by the 1830s a new fashion accessory, 'shoelaces', had begun to replace the more decorative buckles.

Presented by Mrs Francis Buckley, 1934.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Buckle manufacturer.
Place of Origin:Birmingham - probably, England


Height:75 mm
Width:57 mm
Depth:30 mm