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Title Other ranks Horse Artillery buckle, half
Nationality French
Period c 1860

This is one half of the buckle; the other half would have been identical except with a bronze snake in position as a connecting link. A typical 2nd Empire product (Napoleon III, 1854-71), it is of cast brass construction. Watercolours and prints of the period show this buckle in use.

In the photos, it appears more coppery than in reality. It is definitely a yellow brass buckle. Its condition is excellent, showing little signs of use. It measures just over 5cm across.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Belt Buckles : French : 19th Century]


my bayonet arrivd safely at 11.30am!...

Its fabulous!! the condition I'm always looking for... and as with all the other bayonets I've bought from you in the past I'm more than happy with it!!

S A, UK, 12.07.2013

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005