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Shoe Buckle

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2641.1
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1780 - 1785


This laminated wooden shoe buckle is one of a pair made in England around 1780-1785. They are very similar in style to those made of cut steel. However, wood is an unusual material for making buckles, and it is possible that this is a unique piece. They are very skilfully made. In the space of just 10 millimetres the maker has managed to insert 9 different bands of wood. He has used boxwood, mahogany, ebony, satinwood and kingwood to achieve this decorative piece.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Laminated. Veneered. Inlaid.
Material(s):Ebony wood
Place of Origin:England


Height:8 cm
Width:7 cm