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Belt buckle

Object Number: 
1940.911
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Metal, chalcedony
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 1 x 3/8 in. ( 8.9 x 2.5 x 1 cm )
Description: 
Vertically oriented narrow rectangular belt buckle of yellow metal with onyx cameo at the center; overall design on obverse is floral openwork in arabesque shape, cameo depicts male figure in Spartan helmet; clasp fastener on reverse is hinged at the bottom and clasps at the top, vertical hinged chape and tongue at the center.
Gallery Label: 
This belt buckle belonged to Betsy Pierce, daughter of Revolutionary soldier and New Hampshire governor Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839). Betsy and Benjamin were sister and father of President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Marion L. Dielman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group