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18th Century Buckles

At present we carry three varieties: 18th Century Breeches Buckles, 18th Century Shoe Buckles, and 18th Century Stock Buckles. Most are available in brass but in the 18th century just as many were plated in silver or were made of various types of white metal. Our white metal buckles are made of nickel because of its durability.

18th Century Breeches Buckles | 18th Century Shoe Buckles | 18th Century Stock Buckles

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18th Century Breeches Buckles

Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 100

This buckle was found at Ft. Ticonderoga, New York State Museum. It will accommodate a latchet of size 1 1/4". Some feel fancy knee buckles were only used by the gentry but in 1770 a sailor's "Sea Chest [was pillaged and] a Pair of flower'd Silver Knee Buckles" were stolen as reported in The Newport Mercury.

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century knee buckle for breeches.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 101

This buckle is a plain heavy duty military buckle size 7/8". In The Virginia Gazette in 1775, "RAN away . . .  two following servants . . .  [one of them] an Englishman, a hatter by trade . . .  had on, and took with him . . .  plain pinchbeck knee and shoe buckles."

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century breeches knee buckle.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 102

This buckle was found in the Hudson River Valley and matches the shoe buckle BCS 127. It will accommodate a latchet of 1 1/8", its overall dimensions are 1" by 1 3/8", and is available in both brass and nickel. For example in The Pennsylvania Packet in 1778 "Said thief [a Frenchman] had on when he went away...calfskin pumps with large round silver shoe buckles, and knee buckles of the same pattern".

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century knee buckle for breeches.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 103

The original belonged to Samuel Avery of Preston, Connecticut circa 1760. The size is 1 3/16" and it is now available in German silver. In New Jersey in 1776 a horse thief was described as wearing "buckskin breeches, something sullied, [and] plated buckles".

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century breeches buckle.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 104

Found at Fort Ticonderoga, New York State Museum. Size 1". In New Jersey in 1778 a servant ran away with "buckskin breeches, [and] a pair of plated buckles".

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century buckle for the kneeband of 18th century reproduction breeches.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 105

The original is in the collection of Ft. William Henry, Lake George, New York. Size 1". A slave ran away in New Jersey in 1776 and took with him "a pair of fashionable plated shoe and knee buckles".

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century breeches buckle for military historians, re-enactors, and museum interpreters.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 106

The original was found in Albany, New York area. Size 1". There was "Stolen from a Store...five pair of pinchbeck knee-buckles" in New Jersey in 1776.

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century breeches buckle fixes to the knee-band of breeches used throughout the 18th century.
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Pair of Breeches Buckles BCS 107

This buckle is copied from an original in the Williamsburg collection and fits a 1 1/8" latchet. It is available in nickle only. In a theft trial in The Old Bailey, London in 1779 it was recorded "I found in the box . . .  a silver knee-buckle".

Price: $25.00/Pair

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18th century buckle for reproduction breeches for historic reenactors, military historians, and museum interpreters.
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18th Century Shoe Buckles

Buckles like these are made of high quality brass or nickle with a plated steel fork and pinder.

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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 120

This plain rectangle buckle will accommodate a latchet of 1 3/8" with an overall size of 1 3/4" by 3 1/4". Being relatively long this is fashionable for late 18th century wear. In 1776 there were "Stolen from a Store...several broken dozen of shoe and knee buckles" in New Jersey.

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century buckle for historical reproduction shoes.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 121

The original was found at Ft. Gage, New York. This buckle will accept a latchet up to 1 1/2" and the overall size is 2 1/8" by 2 1/2". In New Jersey in 1776 a male slave ran away with "a pair of b new shoes, with large plated buckles".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century buckle of museum quality for historic reenactors, museum interpreters and military historians.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 123

This shoe buckle will accommodate a relatively smaller latchet of up to 1 1/8". The overall size is 1 1/2" by 2 7/8". This is a good size for a women's shoe or an early 18th century man's shoe. It is copied from an original from the Upper Hudson River Valley. In The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1770 "Run away . . .  a native Irish servant man . . .  he was seen in company with . . .  an Englishman . . .  had on, and took with him . . .  new shoes, and a pair of old ditto, with brass buckles".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century buckle for reenactor's shoes and museum displays.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 124

This circa 1775 buckle was originally found with a bronze ring and silver Sheffield plate. It will accommodate a latchet of up to 1 1/8" which is a smaller size (1 1/2" by 2 1/4" overall) good for a woman's shoe or an early 18th century man's shoe. As cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1773, "RUN AWAY from Philadelphia, a Dutch servant woman had on mens shoes, with small carved buckles".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century shoe buckle for historic museum interpreters and military reenactors.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 125

This pair is copied from an original found in the Upper Hudson River Valley and will accept a latchet of 1 1/4". The overall dimensions are 1 7/8" by 3". In New Jersey in 1776 a male servant ran away with "old shoes with carved buckles".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century shoe buckle
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 126

Circa 1745, Copied from an original found in the Custis family well in Williamsburg. The buckle (only one was found) may have been the property of Martha Dandridge Custis' (later Washington) father-in-law. It was solid silver and bore wear on one edge from being crossed and rubbed against something by its owner. It will accommodate a latchet of up to 1 1/4" which is the size for most men's shoes. The overall dimensions are about 2" by 2 1/2".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century shoe buckle
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 127

This buckle matches knee buckle BCS 102, is copied from an original found in the Hudson River Valley and is available in both brass and nickle. It will accommodate a normal man's shoe latchet width of 1 3/8". The overall dimensions are 2" by 2 1/2". In The New York Gazette in 1776 "Run Away a negro man he carried with him a pair of fashionable plated shoe and knee buckles".

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century buckle for historical reproduction shoes.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 128

The original buckle was found along the Sandusky River, Rathfelder Farms, Fremont, Ohio but a fairly similar buckle may be found on page 36 of Gentlemen on the Frontier: A Pictorial Record of the Culture of Michilimackinac by E. Petersen. It will accommodate a normal man's shoe latchet width of 1". The overall dimensions are 2" by 2 5/8". In The Virginia Gazette in 1775, "RUN away from the subscriber . . .  a Dutch servant man . . .  a baker by trade . . .  Had on, and took with him . . .  with a pair of brass carved shoe buckles".

Price:$35.00/Pair

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18th century shoe buckle
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 129

This buckle is dated as c. 1775, will accommodate 1 1/4" latchet and has overall dimensions of 1 3/4" by 3". The original was found with a bronze ring and a silver Sheffield plate. In New Jersey in 1776 a male servant ran away with "good shoes and plated buckles carved."

Price: $35.00/Pair

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18th century shoe buckle for quality historic reenactors and military historians.
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Pair of Shoe Buckles BCS 130

Steel shoe buckles appear to be very common. Similar buckles have been found at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, Fort Michilimackinac, Michigan, Fort Quiatenon, Indiana, and on the French ship "Machault" that was sunk in the St. Lawrence River in 1760. In The New-Jersey Journal of 1779 "an apprentice girl . . .  had on and took away with her . . .  old pumps with steel buckles" is cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. This shoe buckle will accommodate a relatively small latchet of up to 1 1/4". This is a good size for a women's shoe or an early 18th century man's shoe. The overall dimensions are 2" x 1 5/8".

Price: $30.00/Pair

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18th century buckle to attach to historic reproduction shoes for museum interpreters, military historians, and re-enactors.
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18th Century Stock Buckles

Neck stocks were mostly worn by the middling sort to gentry and by soldiers. Civilians usually wore white where the military preferred black neck stocks. For example in The Pennsylvania Packet in 1778, " STOLEN . . .  from the house of Jacob Pelum . . .  a new round hat bound with velvet, with a band round the crown and small silver hat buckle; four white lawn stocks, a plain silver stock buckle".

A pattern for neck stocks may be found in Men's Accessories.

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3 Pronged Stock Buckle
BCS 140

This fancy stock buckle is copied from an original that is of English descent. It is made of white bronze and will accommodate a latchet of 1 1/4". The overall dimensions are 15/16" by 1 1/2". This is probably a common style for mid to late 18th century. Cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls in The Pennsylvania Gazette of 1779 "Was stolen . . .  16 miles from Philadelphia, the following articles, viz . . .  a silver stock buckle, and several other articles. The above articles were stole by a woman".

Price: $18.50/each

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18th century buckle to attach to the back of gentleman's neck stocks of the early to late 18th century.
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4 Pronged Stock Buckle
BCS 141

This plain white bronze stock buckle is copied from an original that is of English descent. It will accommodate a latchet up to 1 5/16". Stock buckles like these may reflect the taller collars that were fashionable later in the 18th century and into the early 19th century. Durring the trial of a Lonon thief in The Proceedings of the Old Bailey of 1801 "CHARLES HOUGHTON was indicted for feloniously stealing . . .  a stock, value 6d. and a silver stock buckle, value 5s."

Price: $18.50/each

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18th century stock buckle for late 18th century reproduction neck stocks.
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Military Stock Clasp
BCS 142

A brass neck stock clasp similar to this is pictured in the Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. This is the common type of clasp worn by soldiers and less commonly by civilians. During a 1741 ordinary's account printed in The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London "Joseph Huddle . . .  was indicted for assaulting Thomas Cain in a certain Field near the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him . . .  a Stock, value 3 d. a Stock Clasp, value 9 d."

Price: $18.50/each

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18th century stock clasp used by common soldiers during the 18th century and some civilians.

18th Century Breeches Buckles | 18th Century Shoe Buckles | 18th Century Stock Buckles

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