Here is an odd set of slightly mismatched shoe buckles from the 18th century.
Here is an odd set of slightly mismatched shoe buckles from the 18th century. They were found together and were undoubtedly worn as a pair. They measure 2 inches by 1.75 inches and were probably buffed at one time to look like silver. The forks and pinders are iron or steel.
Shoe buckles make their first appearance in the mid-1600s and were popular until about 1800. These particular examples are the smaller, early 1700s style. They are relatively delicately made and could have been used by either men or women.
Middle and upper class women's shoes were often made of fabric and would have elaborate cut steel or paste gems on their buckles
I do not recommend wearing these as they are lightly cast from pewter.