- Are they appropriate for our timeline? I've always thought no, but recently I've been seeing items constructed with roller buckles by reputable folks. Anyone document when they came into common military usage?
Thanks in advance.
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- Hi Michael,
I regret that I have no specific documentation, but, that said, I have
had several discussions with Steve Allie, Director of the Frontier Army
Museum, member of the list and Cpt. of the 14th Light Dragoons (Fighting
Tangerines :-] )
and he has examined a very large number of military items with buckles
and he is of the opinion that roller buckles don't appear on US gear
until the 1830's. He is firm in the belief that they are not
appropriate for the Napoleonic period.
Volunteer, Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, KS, USA
- Hi All,
Roller buckles first seem to appear in mass production in Sheffield in the early 1840s. They are shown in a number of tool catalogues in the leather working sections.
I haven't seen a single example predating this time (and I've looked) either at digs or on items that are precisely dated to our period.
Could they have been in place but have been worn off or fallen apart? Possibly, but unlikely.
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