Which to choose?
Wm Booth Draper sells great buckles and gives documentation for their accuracy but I've been eyeing them for so long I want something different. I scouted etsy.com and found the following...
...a very cool Victorian pair by Vgvintage that, I think, would be appropriate for the 18th century if they had a fork and fiddle (pictured on the right).
|Green Shoes from VintageNecessities at Etsy.com|
To their credit, the toe and heel have a fairly nice shape for the late 18th century. Plus they're vintage. Who doesn't love vintage shoes? If they were my size I would swoop them up and make a silk gown with green trim.
I then discovered that Fugawee now sells buckles. Though they don't provide documentation I researched three examples...
- The Tudor Rose shoe buckle mimics the rose in the design of this 1780s shoe buckle in the V&A's collections (accession number M.33-1909).
- The Celtic Knot buckle kind of coordinates with the buckle in the bottom right corner of this 1737 set from the V&A (accession number M.8-1937) as well as this 1780s collection in the bottom right corner (accession number M.40-1909) also from the V&A.
- Fugawee sells several buckles with rhinestones as part of the design. (Though it's not to my taste.) I found this pair that's actually American in the PMA's collections (accession number 1929-168-7,a b) that sort of validate the Fugawee version.
Of course the buckle I fell in love with is this one from the PMA's collections (accession number 2005-68-72). Hmm, how can I obtain a repro?
|18th Rococo shoe buckle from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collections|
accession number 2005-68-72