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Belt clasp

Object Number: 
1974.24
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Courtenay Halsey Wurts and Miss Cynthia Blyth Halsey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group