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.

Date Made: 1750-1800

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Costume, Clothing & Accessories, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: From Louise Salter Codwise

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CS.015095Catalog Number: 015095Accession Number: 57226

Object Name: buckle, kneeOther Terms: buckle, knee; Jewelry; Accessories Worn on the Body; Male

Physical Description: metal (overall material)stone, paste (overall material)incised (overall style)


Record Id: nmah_355833

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