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Last night I had an unexpectedly fruitful hunt at a farm here in eastern Massachusetts. I hope the shoe buckle, mangled, but complete, will admit me to the 1700s club. I know nothing besides what it is and hope we have an expert on these things here. It's on the small side, and the frame is pretty thin, so perhaps it's for a lady or a child? 
I expect the material is brass, but surely the pin is steel? If so, I'm surprised it survived. Any info is appreciated!

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Some very nice relics there.

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2 hours ago, SwiftSword said:

I expect the material is brass, but surely the pin is steel?

Got magnet?

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31 minutes ago, GB_Amateur said:

Got magnet

Thanks! I don't know how I suggest this to people on a regular basis and then not think of it myself 🙄. In any case, it's not magnetic, so that answers that question.

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I'd say you're safely in the 1700's club with that buckle. Nice finds! 👍 Can't find one like it (it's very simple) in the buckle book, but it's definitely cast, not stamped. Pretty early 18th century.

Well I found it 😀20220520_175655.thumb.jpg.d4ba6e39251a2484cb687a7cf2f21d9a.jpg

1720-1790. 👍 You may also find the "how to" interesting as well:

https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/learn/living-history/buckle/

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Excellent, thank you!! Now I just need the other one! 
 

The how-to makes it look like buckles are a pretty convenient and ingenious way to secure shoes. I wonder why they went out of style? 

 

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11 hours ago, SwiftSword said:

I wonder why they went out of style? 

They rarely come in pairs. 😀 If you find the other one it would be in pieces.

I'll start with the incredibly sharp awl-like points... 🤣

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