Knee Buckle

This metal knee buckle was used in New England during the late 18th century. There are 24 stones ringed around the edge of the buckle. Knee buckles—also known as breeches buckles—were used to fasten the straps at the leg opening of breeches. These buckles could be ornate like this example, or simple metal buckles. This buckle is part of the Salter-Codwise collection, donated in portions to the museum from 1914 to 1917 that document the history of domestic life in New England during the Colonial and Revolutionary period.
Object Name
buckle, knee
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
stone, paste (overall material)
incised (overall style)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
American Enterprise
Clothing & Accessories
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
From Louise Salter Codwise
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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