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Object Name: Shoe buckles (pair)
Date: ca. 1780-1790
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Each: 2 × 3 × 1 in., 2.6 dwt (5.1 × 7.6 × 2.5 cm, 4 g)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Pair of oval rectangular shoe buckles with hinged rectangular chape and tongue at reverse; obverse is hammered to resemble paste gems, with contrasting narrow geometric design at inner edge.
Credit Line: Gift of John B. Morris Jr.
Object Number: 1951.27ab
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Marks: stamped: reverse, one side: "A A" stamped: reverse, opposite side: "EB"

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These shoe buckles belonged to Abijah Arden (1759-1832), of New York City, the great-great aunt of the donor.


Abijah Arden (b.1759); to her sister Margaret Antoinette Arden (b.1770), who married Frederick Babcock (b.1771); to their daughter Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.