Shoe buckles have been a fashion accessory since fashionable shoes were invented. Henry the VIII had them, Charles the I--all the Louies of France, and Marie Antoinette too. Even after WWI, when women's fashions changed radically into the Roaring Twenties, shoe buckles were still in style. These are a pair from that era.
Slightly rectangular and curved to fit over an instep--they are made of fine, cut steel, a material that was introduced in the 1600s. These buckles have a deep, intricate design that almost looks like marcasite. Exquisitely made, with a piece of cloth in the back so the buckle could be sewn onto shoes. The size is 2 1/4" across and 1 3/4" tall or wide. (How does one measure shoe buckles?) They're perfectly usable. No damage. Thank you for checking in at my shop. Please ask any questions. I'll be happy to answer.
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