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    The real deal--buckles

    I just scored a pair of 18th century (1765-1785) shoe buckles and I thought I would share them with you. I will make a pair of shoes for myself with them.





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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Beautiful buckles and what great shape for over two hundred years old. I'm envious. Where in the world did you find them?
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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Those are beautiful! I know of a lady who has a pair of 18th century buckles and they really looked nice with her shoes. Looking forward to seeing what you make and how it all looks together.
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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Congratulations, DWFII, I can imagine how special this is to you.
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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Ooooooh (drooling)...!
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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Yes, looking forward to seeing how this all goes together. They look rather dangerous as they stand there. They are beautiful as well.

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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    A fantastic find to put it mildly. Amazing condition for the age and beautifully detailed as well.

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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Wow, I love them! The fine detail is more than I expected.

    They do indeed deserve a pair of shoes built around them.

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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    Should you accidentally make "your" shoes in a size 13US DD with a low but firm arch and a boxed toe, you'll have a customer to take the 'oops' off your hands

    Those are amazing, please keep us abreast of your shoe making. A WIP wouldn't go amiss either.

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    Re: The real deal--buckles

    They were given to me by my friend at Colonial Williamsburg and the foremost shoe historian in the US (that's how I am certain about the dates). He claims that you can find old shoe buckles on a fairly regular basis in antique shops on the East coast...especially in and around areas that were hotbeds of Colonial activity.

    That said, this pair is particularly nice although I am sure they are not sterling. Maybe German silver, I don't know. Got to be some Bronze in the frame but the chapes and the tongues are steel. Still the workmanship and detail are the best I've seen.

    I don't think they've ever been worn.

    I have a pair of buckle shoes that I'm just finishing for myself and a pair of reproductions buckles already bought and set aside for them. The straps are inch and a quarter so a little too small for the antique buckles.

    New shoes to fit the authentic buckles may be a while down the road.

    Anyway, I thought you all might enjoy seeing them.
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