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Belt clasp

Belt clasp
Title
Belt clasp
Date 
1820-1836
Medium 
Metal, shell
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 5/8 x 1 x 1/2 in. ( 9.2 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm )
Description 
Vertically oriented narrow yellow metal belt clasp with shell cameo medallion at the center; scroll work at top and bottom of obverse, with scroll shaped side edges, floral garland surrounds cameo depicting a seated robed female figure with cherub; the reverse clasp fastener is hinged at the bottom and clasps at the top, vertical chape and tongue hinged at the center.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Courtenay Halsey Wurts and Miss Cynthia Blyth Halsey
Object Number 
1974.24
Gallery Label 
This belt buckle was used by Mary Armstrong (Mrs. Fleming James, 1805-1871). She wore it to Martin Van Buren's inaugural ball in 1836.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group