✅ SOLVED Any idea what this is and date range. Copper/brass piece.

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Villagenut is correct... your find is part of a suspenders strap-adjuster buckle.

Its form is a "sawtoothed bar"... which got patented a few years after the civil war ended. That design was in use from then on into the early-1900s.

The example shown in the photo below is an "Elephant" brand suspenders strap buckle, patented in 1871.
 

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Villagenut is correct... your find is part of a suspenders strap-adjuster buckle.

Its form is a "sawtoothed bar"... which got patented a few years after the civil war ended. That design was in use from then on into the early-1900s.

The example shown in the photo below is an "Elephant" brand suspenders strap buckle, patented in 1871.
Thanks guys. So how did this stay connected to the other piece I do not see anything broken on it. Is there a name for the fancy on it? Is that a common used fancy.
 
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Critik asked, about the suspenders strap-adjuster buckle component:
> So how did this stay connected to the other piece I do not see anything broken on it.

I somehow posted a photo showing a similar suspenders-buckle's front instead of the back which I intended. I'll do that at the end of the post, so you can see the sawtoothed-bar on it.

How the sawtoothed-bar was connected to the rest of the buckle:
The second photo below shows a flange with a round hole through it on each side of the buckle. Your sawtoothed-bar's ends have a short tab-shaped projection, which fitted semi-loosely into the round holes, thereby allowing the bar to rotate.

> Is there a name for the fancy on it?

I suspect there is a name for that design, but I don't know it.

> Is that a common used fancy.

Yes. It appears as a decoration on many-many items made throughout the 1800s, and is still seen occasionally on "modern" items. A similar "fancy" is on the tongue of the second suspenders-buckle shown below.
 

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