Victorian Horse Tack or 1600's Shoe Buckle?

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Victorian Horse Tack or 1600's Shoe Buckle?

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Just retrieved this one from my 'junk jar.' It was found on a beach that mainly produces finds from the 1600's to 1800's (with the Victorian age producing most of the finds.)

At first it just struck me as just another piece of Victorian horse tack. However, it just entered my mind it could possibly be a much older shoe buckle.

Metal type, not sure, brass, bronze or copper.

What do you think?

Thanks.

[EDIT] When looked at closely, there are possible traces of gold gilding left on it.

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Re: Victorian Horse Tack or 1600's Shoe Buckle?

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It doesn't look like a shoe buckle but it might still be fairly old. Unfortunately the photos don't show any of the diagnostic bits, like how the crossbar was attached and whether there is any sort of curvature, very clearly. :D
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Thanks Fred. I am not sure I can get any photos that will capture that detail I'm afraid.

I have noticed possible gold gilding on it, at several locations. One of these 'gold spots,' is highlighted with the red arrow below.

I have got a feeling that this one is quite 'old,' but probably too generic a design to identify.
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Re: Victorian Horse Tack or 1600's Shoe Buckle?

Post by Ladybird66 »

I think it could be an older version of a Bridle buckle similar to the ones in the att link.
They haven’t changed much over time and poss yours could be no older than, as you suggest, Victorian.
At 2 1/2 cm that’s about 1in which would also be about right. The better quality ones would have been brass.
It’s wouldnt be a shoe or breeches buckle, it’s too small. (My opinion)



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