Monday, July 2, 2012

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V184: My First Real 18th Century Shoe Buckles

Ebay is such a wonderous place.  I won an auction for these awesome 18th century shoe buckles - only $35!!


They were quite brown when they arrived from England, but a little brass polish has brought out the most wonderful shine, and details not visible before.

The beautiful details of these stamped brass buckles...
These are fascinating because they were clearly mass produced, just stamped out of a mold, although the chape and tongue are still hand forged and unique.

A little rusty steel won't stop these bad boys from seeing a little shoe action again.
The best part of all? These fit the Kensington, Georgiana, and Devonshire latchets ... and you know what that means. :-)

Before, on the right, and after a little polish, on the left.  Still needs some cleaning...

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9 comments:

  1. These are really neat! And how wonderful that they are cleaning up so well! In the last 200+ years, think of how many pairs of shoes these darlings have hitched a ride on - lol! ;)

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    1. Boggles the mind! I think these might have been men's buckles. Wonder who wore them? :-D

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  2. Congratulations! Exciting!! Isn't it great for them to have new life again :)

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  3. What a catch! Does this mean we can expect Le Shoppe to carry reproductions in the next year?

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  4. Simply awesome! Don't you love finding old objects, giving them a little cleaning and releasing their beauty? Nicely done!

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    1. Yes! I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how old they are!

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  5. you did very well with getting these at this price.these are mens colonial shoe buckles.circa 1780 or so.we find these often with metal detectors at colonial sites

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