Thursday, June 30, 2016

The CHARLOTTE 18th Century Shoe Buckles Exclusive

     I'm really excited to announce my first pair of reproduction 18th Century Shoe Buckles designed and created in collaboration with American Duchess Historical Footwear.  These lovely buckles are an exact replica of ones in my personal collection.  They will be available starting 11 July - but you can pre-order them now! 

Reproduction Charlotte buckles on my American Duchess shoes called the "Dunmore."

Original Buckles owned by me

Original buckle on the left, reproduction on the right

     The buckles measure 3 inches long, 2-1/2 inches wide, and will accommodate a strap (latchet) width of 1-3/4 inches. They are easily attached and removed to accommodate all different brand of shoes.

Original Buckles on leather shoes

     Additionally, my buckles will also come in colors!  There is one extant example out there shown in a garnet colored paste very similar to this design; however, there are other colored paste or precious stone shoe buckles out there and shown on my Pinterest page.  

Garnet colored paste shoe buckles, photo courtesy of August Auctions

      The first offering for sale will include clear, rose, olivine green, sapphire, and garnet.  They are available in my Etsy shop now and shipping starts the week of 11 July.  The clear buckles will be $40, colors will be priced at $45.

     The Charlotte is the first in a total of four buckle styles that are being made!