Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

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Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by TheAndyA » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 am

Can anyone possibly give me an idea of the age, of this buckle and knife please?

Also, should I try and clean the buckle? Thanks.

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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by fred » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 am

Early 20thC fruit knife. The hallmark will probably be on the blade. ::g The buckle looks like Victorian onwards horse tack.
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Post by TheAndyA » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:59 am

Thanks Fred. ::g
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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by Zyrbalax » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 am

Buckle looks trapezoidal to me, which I think would suggest a bit earlier - 17th Century.

A bit like Whitehead 525, or CJs Buckle Page Part 8 diagram 57?

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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by Steve_T » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 am

Gentle brush with a dry toothbrush, the leather will dry out and shrink eventually, hopefully it won't disintegrate over time, bit of leather cream will keep it moist (vaseline intensive cream does the same) always nice to see some leather attached, it does make it appear newer than it is, puts it more into context

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Post by TheAndyA » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:45 am

Thanks Z and Steve.
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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:48 am

Hello Andy ::g , Your ladies fruit knife is a nice find and looks to be in pretty good condition. As said the 'marks' will be on the blade. Usually date within the 1900-20 period. If /when opening the blade to check the marks, I would first put it in a paraffin bath for a few days as the steel spring may snap during the opening process. Nice find ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by fred » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:50 pm

Zyrbalax wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 am
Buckle looks trapezoidal to me, which I think would suggest a bit earlier - 17th Century.

A bit like Whitehead 525, or CJs Buckle Page Part 8 diagram 57?

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The 17thC trapezoidal buckles have cross bars in line with the frame. This one had a dropped bar which indicates it is probably just fairly recent fancy horse tack. ::g
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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by littleboot » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:54 pm

Nice knife....very nice indeed! Bodes well for further success as clearly there were people with some dosh wandering over it and dropping things! ::g
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Re: Approximate age of Belt buckle & Fruit Knife?

Post by Zyrbalax » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:50 pm

fred wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:50 pm
Zyrbalax wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 am
Buckle looks trapezoidal to me, which I think would suggest a bit earlier - 17th Century.

A bit like Whitehead 525, or CJs Buckle Page Part 8 diagram 57?

Cheers
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The 17thC trapezoidal buckles have cross bars in line with the frame. This one had a dropped bar which indicates it is probably just fairly recent fancy horse tack. ::g
Ah ok, thanks for the correction :)

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