Shoe buckles (pair)

Object Number: 
1951.27ab
Date: 
ca. 1780-1790
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
overall (each): 2 x 3 x 1 in. ( 5.1 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 3 dwt (4 g)
Marks: 
stamped: reverse, one side: "A A" stamped: reverse, opposite side: "EB"
Description: 
Pair of oval rectangular shoe buckles with hinged rectangular chape and tongue at reverse; obverse is hammered to resemble paste gems, with contrasting narrow geometric design at inner edge.
Gallery Label: 
These shoe buckles belonged to Abijah Arden (1759-1832), of New York City, the great-great aunt of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John B. Morris
Provenance: 
Abijah Arden (b.1759); to her sister Margaret Antoinette Arden (b.1770), who married Frederick Babcock (b.1771); to their daughter Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group