American Collection of Toggles

Chinese belt toggles,  a palm-sized carving in natural materials, are quirky and whimsical ornaments worn mainly by men. Since traditional Chinese dress does not have pockets, small bags for tobacco, pipes, money and other items were hung from the belt by cords, counterweighted by a toggle.

Similar to the Japanese netsuke, Chinese toggles were utilitarian miniature sculptures and personal accessories, reflecting the personality and identity of the wearer.

Compared to the popularity of Japanese netsuke, Chinese toggles have been overlooked. We are pleased to present this American collection of toggles formed over the last fifty years.