Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead - SOLVED

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Looking for a little help on this unknown. It was found at about 4 inches at a home built around 1750. Any help is appreciated.
 

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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

My thoughts, a colonial shoe buckle. Very Nice! If verified, may be a BANNER item. :thumbsup:
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

Forgot I had even found it. It was pretty encrusted with dirt until I washed it off about an hour ago. Hoping it's a colonial shoe buckle. Would be my first.
 
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

plehbah said:
This is a beautiful example!

This one is really nice, I am going to let a Colonial enthusiast from back east break the news to you on this buckle.

That is great!

Agreed!

This is an awesome example of a 1600s - 1700s shoe, knee, or strap buckle based on my little bit of research.
 
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

A Type V buckle from 1660-1720.

Would have been fitted with a folded sheet buckle plate (some of it visable under the rust), this would have rivited it to a strapend. Most likely a shoe or knee buckle :thumbsup:
 
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

That is awesome!! My good friend Ryan got permission for us to hunt a homestead outside of Philadelphia. I didn't have a whole lot of time because my wife just had our first child 2 weeks ago. My mother was in town to see the baby for a week and I got the wife's ok to head out for a couple hours. We spent maybe 2 hrs at the site. I found 2 Merc. Dimes 1929 and 1943. Nothing else except a couple clads and this buckle. Ryan pulled a 1816 Coronet Large Cent as our time was running out. Needless to say, I was scrambling at that point. He knows a lot of history of the area and said that the middle section of the house was built in the 1600's, and the section near where we were hunting had a date stone of 1752 (I think) might have been 1754. I found the buckle about halfway through the hunt and didn't give it a second thought. It was so dirt encrusted It was pretty unrecognizable. Got home and cleaned off the Mercs and started tending to the wife and baby. Today (7 days later), I decided to have a look at that "unknown" find that was still in my bag from the hunt. As I was washing off the dirt, I began to see some detail. Thats when I decided I'd better have some experts take a look.

How confident are we that it is a Type V buckle from 1660-1720?

If thats the case, it's my oldest find to date.

Thanks for the help everyone!
 
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

Sounds to me like you had better go back and spend some time there! Value wise, I would not know. But it is without a doubt a museum quality item.
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

pjroo33 said:
That is awesome!! My good friend Ryan got permission for us to hunt a homestead outside of Philadelphia. I didn't have a whole lot of time because my wife just had our first child 2 weeks ago. My mother was in town to see the baby for a week and I got the wife's ok to head out for a couple hours. We spent maybe 2 hrs at the site. I found 2 Merc. Dimes 1929 and 1943. Nothing else except a couple clads and this buckle. Ryan pulled a 1816 Coronet Large Cent as our time was running out. Needless to say, I was scrambling at that point. He knows a lot of history of the area and said that the middle section of the house was built in the 1600's, and the section near where we were hunting had a date stone of 1752 (I think) might have been 1754. I found the buckle about halfway through the hunt and didn't give it a second thought. It was so dirt encrusted It was pretty unrecognizable. Got home and cleaned off the Mercs and started tending to the wife and baby. Today (7 days later), I decided to have a look at that "unknown" find that was still in my bag from the hunt. As I was washing off the dirt, I began to see some detail. Thats when I decided I'd better have some experts take a look.

How confident are we that it is a Type V buckle from 1660-1720?

If thats the case, it's my oldest find to date.

Thanks for the help everyone!

Very.
 
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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

Very nice find..Keep up the search at the field, some were made of gold also.Goodluck to ya............relic
 

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Re: Unknown find from 18th Century Homestead

Is there any value to a buckle like this? Is there a way to tell whether it is a knee or shoe buckle?
 
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pjroo33 said:
Is there any value to a buckle like this? Is there a way to tell whether it is a knee or shoe buckle?

Probably a knee buckle due to its size. not even the books can agree on this one. There are still somethings we might never know for sure :icon_scratch:
 
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