A FINE PAIR OF LATE 18TH CENTURY FIRE-GILT SHOE BUCKLES. Circa 1790. English or possibly French. Each buckle measures 1 7/8 inches in height with a span width of 2 1/4 inches and curved rise of 1 inch at the highest point. The frames feature alternating square and rectangular panels. Each square panel is decorated with a floret. The rectangles feature a repeating swag design. The frames appear to have a fire-gilt surface and each is fitted on the back with a hinged chape having two spikes and a hinged tongue. The buckles were sold to me as having been previously owned by a family named Sumner. A prong on one of the tongues is bent otherwise in good condition. Please see enlargements.