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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]


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J K, UK, 26.11.2013

The 3 medals have just arrived safely - very interesting. (From your description I was expecting ribbon to be dreadful; personally, I think that the "Russian Front" is beautifully 'aged'.)

M M, UK, 12.02.2013