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Title Silver shoe buckle, naval officer's?
Nationality European
Period early 19th century
Price £60.00

This fine buckle (the pair is missing) has a French mint acceptance stamp in the shape of a boar's head, which came in in 1838. This does not necessarily relate to the date of the manufacture of the piece, which, in style terms, is closer to the Napoleonic Wars as, by 1838, buckled shoes had gone out of use except perhaps at court.

The shell motif is the clue to the buckle probably being that of a naval officer or perhaps merchant seaman. It is 6mm across the axis.

The photo shows some coppery hints, which are in real life not present on the piece.

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


[Militaria : Miscellaneous : European : 19th Century]

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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Bayonet arrived safely today. Thanks very much indeed, I'm very pleased with it.

N M, UK, 30.12.2009

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