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    buckle for a belted plaid

    Hello,
    Got a quick question. I'm putting together an outfit for the '45.
    I have two nice 4yard plaids and a small section for hose.
    I'm looking at belt options. I was wondering if a square or fancy silver buckle would be appropriate.

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    This is being advertised as a belt buckle, but it looks like a shoe buckle.
    The other is a belt or sash buckle, that might also be good for a baldric. Any thoughts?
    How wide? I'm thinking about 2.5 or 3 inches.

    Thanks for your input.
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    Going by the guys hand in the photo I would say that that the bar on that buckle would be 2" at the most. I don't think it is a old style shoe buckle as it is missing two prongs to affix to one of the latchettes. As to it being utilsed as a plaid brooch, I think a google search would be beneficial to get a more appropiate style. Good hunting
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    The fitting for the latchet is under the buckle.
    I wouldn't use either for a brooch, but for a leather belt.
    I've seen the brass and iron buckles of the 18th century, but have not seen any in silver.

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    Sorry Khan, I misread your question As for it being utilsed a a belt buckle, I am a fan of the double prong look/sam browne buckle, though I don't know how historically accurate it is, if you are going for that look.
    As for silver buckles, I would imagine that only very rich men would have a large real silver belt buckle and I don't think that chrome plating was really an option in the highlands at the time . Personally I like brass, but each to their own
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    both of these are sterling and hallmarked.

    I'm not sure about only the 'very' rich having silver. Buckles were handed father to son and even those of modest means might have had a pair in the family. Then again, I don't know about the highlands. THe other day someone told me they would not have had brass either, probably wrought iron was more common.

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    This is a 3" buckle on a belt I just finished today. I have a round one coming in 3" this week.

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    The fancy silver buckle would be great for your baldric! If you use it for your waist-belt, no one will see it (when used with a belted plaid) so why waste it there? Get a typical 18th C. brass double-D buckle for your waist-belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsheal View Post
    The fancy silver buckle would be great for your baldric! If you use it for your waist-belt, no one will see it (when used with a belted plaid) so why waste it there? Get a typical 18th C. brass double-D buckle for your waist-belt.

    http://jas-townsend.com/product_info...roducts_id=742
    Once again I'm in full agreement with Woodsheal. Your waistbelt will be hidden, so there is no reason to have a fancy buckle or belt. Use the fancy buckle for your sword baldric.
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    Wow,
    Thanks for the opinion.
    I'm still researching, but
    About how wide should I make the baldric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan View Post
    Wow,
    Thanks for the opinion.
    I'm still researching, but
    About how wide should I make the baldric?
    How wide is the opening on that cool buckle? If it's at least 2 1/2", that's wide enough for a baldric strap...
    Brian

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