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Drop forged iron buckles of 1/8" square stock were made in many sizes and used by the British and Americans on their cartridge boxes and pouches, waistbelts, kettle bags, harness, and other equipment. Photos of several originals can be found in Collector's Encyclopedia pg. 54 #18 and it seems that nearly every Revolutionary War historic site museum will have one or two on display as these buckles are found everywhere.
The buckles were not simply made by wrapping round or square iron stock
around a form, which results in rounded corners, and then adding the
tongue. The roughly formed buckle was then heated and placed into a
die (a square cavity) which was then struck with a drop hammer, forging
the iron into the shape of the die which gives the buckles the sharp
inside and outside corners. We are having four common sizes made for
us in this manner, most are for 1" wide straps, and all have a
black jappaned surface.
Small Iron Buckle is used on British 18-round cartridge boxes converted to shoulder belt use. See Collector's Encyclopedia pg. 69 #21. This buckle is for a 1" wide strap. Inside dimensions 1/2" x 1". $4.00 each.
Medium Iron Buckle is used on British cartridge pouches and
Continental Army cartridge boxes. See Collector's Encyclopedia
pg. 67 #12, pg. 76 #39, pg. 78 #45, pg. 79 #48. I have examined several
cartridge pouches that have used the small and large buckles, but the
majority of pouches I have seen used the medium size. This buckle is
for a 1" wide strap. Inside dimensions 3/4" x 1". $4.00 each.
Turnable Stud & Catch - see Collector's Encyclopedia pg. 67 #12. Used on Continental Army New Construction cartridge boxes and several excavated in Morristown. The male and female parts are of iron. The set comes with four cut-down steel nails (not copper as photographed) to use as rivets. The female part was not always used, but when it was it was riveted to the leather strap sewn under the cartridge box flap. Unlike the brass hook and catch which was used by both British and Americans, this iron turnable stud has only been found on American cartridge boxes and their encampments. $10.00 set