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    It very well could be a hat buckle also.. They were very similar to shoe buckles and knee buckles. I have never seen writing on a shoe buckle but a hat buckle would seem more likely.. is one on Jefferson's hat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug Life Metal Detecting View Post
    This buckle was found on a farm in central Ky that has ties to the Lewis, Johnson, Taylor, Grover, LaFayette, Viley and Ward families... Its a literal whos who of early American politics.
    And, if so, could be a relic of GREAT Historical Importance...!
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    Your pictures show two broken buckles. Were they found in the same place? I highly encourage you to provide some details on the hunt to provide some credibility and provenance to the finds.

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    It is an interesting piece. The date range it was made could be 20 years or so, that is, late 1780's to mid 90's. It was probably a prototype that went nowhere commercially at the time, because if it took off, there would have been many more found, or maybe an artist piece. I doubt you'll ever be able to definitively nail it down, however. Kentucky newspapers of the day are slim pickins' and I have never heard where Washington commissioned a buckle.

    It is really neat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyblaze View Post
    It very well could be a hat buckle also.. They were very similar to shoe buckles and knee buckles. I have never seen writing on a shoe buckle but a hat buckle would seem more likely.. is one on Jefferson's hat.


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    Definitely a shoe buckle Blaze. I have seen the backside on Facebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Definitely a shoe buckle Blaze. I have seen the backside on Facebook.
    Cool I would like to see the back also.. Hey Steve notice how you never ever hear of hat buckles when lots of these buckles found just might be!

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    Yes, they put buckles on everything. About the time of the War of 1812 the styles had changed, and the buckles started to lose popularity. Now we have velcro!
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    Astounding find! Definitely a banner worthy. I did find a ''General Washington'' cufflink with his portrait bun never herd of buckles. Those are way rarer than anything ''Inaugural GW'' and should predate them, probably being from Rev War or right after. Huge congratulations!
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    Neat find! I’m excited to see if anyone can dig anything up on this. Good digging!!
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    Yowzers! What an incredible find! I'd give my left tatertot to find one of those!
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    Washington did have a button maker from what I understand. I think his name was William Rollins from Boston. He could had commissioned a buckle but he was way too modest to put his name on it. Also, I don’t believe Washington ever made it to Kentucky during the war. I’m betting it’s a tribute piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powrsurg View Post
    Washington did have a button maker from what I understand. I think his name was William Rollins from Boston. He could had commissioned a buckle but he was way too modest to put his name on it. Also, I don’t believe Washington ever made it to Kentucky during the war. I’m betting it’s a tribute piece.
    Yeap, I hope no-one is suggesting it was his, that's too far fetched.
    Made for the commercial market like the cuff-links for people who supported him or his ideology (like you say a tribute to the man & his achievements).

    It's a very cool piece, & might be the only known survivor at the moment, but doesn't mean another won't turn up some day.

    CONGRATS to the OP!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaj View Post
    Your pictures show two broken buckles. Were they found in the same place? I highly encourage you to provide some details on the hunt to provide some credibility and provenance to the finds.

    aj
    Both pics are of the same buckle.....and I truly hope your not trying to discredit my find......
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    Very nice.
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