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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-29-2010 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found another 18th century (I believe) silver buckle, bringing the number in my burgeoning collection up to two.

I believe this one is a knee buckle. Yes? It's 1 1/4 inches by 1 5/8 inches.

It has the initials "LRS" prick marked in script letters. The pricking makes me think it's European. Is that a good guess?

The maker's mark looks like IDP to me. There are also what I think may be hallmarks, but I can't make head or tail of them.

Can anyone help with the marks?


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agphile

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2010 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't really help. The use of 3 initials in the inscription, and the mark, reminds me of Channel Islands practice but I don't have a good reference source for CI marks. I suspect the other possible remnants of marks are actually accidental scars.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2010 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, agphile.

I bet you're right about the scars. The placement of the initials makes me think the marks/scars were there before the initials were engraved, but I suspect they might be leftover from the casting, not deliberately struck.

Am I right that it's an 18th century knee buckle, at least?

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2010 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly

You're right about the pricking dodging the marks/scars. I wondered whether they might be the remnants of an earlier, erased inscription but they look a bit deep for that.

I'm no expert on buckles so I can only say that 18th century knee buckle would have been my guess too.

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