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Fitting 18th Century Shoe Buckles

Anatomy of an 18th Century Shoe Buckle

Parts of an 18th century shoe buckle

Here are the parts of an 18th century shoe buckle.  You will use both the tongue and the chape to close your shoes.

  • There are no left and right buckles.  Simply flip the chape and tongue for use on the right or left shoe.
     

 

Step-By-Step Instructions - Fitting Your Reproduction Shoe Buckles

Fit 18th century buckles while wearing shoes


1. It is best to fit your buckles while wearing your shoes.  You can do this yourself, or have a friend help you.

 

Center the 18th century buckle on shoes






2. Slide the shorter, bottom latchet through the chape.  The chape will pinch the latchet, keeping it snug.  Align the buckle on the center of your foot and mark the position of the chape spikes.

Pierce holes for the chape spikes

3. With an awl or leather punch, create holes 1/4" behind the marks for the chape spikes.  With the chape spikes pushed through the holes, and laying flat, your buckle should still be centered on the top of your foot.

Feed latchet through 18th century buckle frame

4. Feed the longer, top latchet through the buckle frame, pulling back tightly.

Fit tongue spikes of the shoe buckle



5. Mark the position of the tongue spikes on the underside of the long latchet.

Make holes for the tongue spikes


6. Again, use your awl or leather punch to create holes 1/4" back from the marked position of the tongue spikes.

Thread latchet through buckle to close shoes








7. Secure the tongue spikes in their holes, and feed the latchet over the pin and down through the frame, to complete the closure.

There you have it!

Helpful hints:

  • The chape will tightly squeeze the bottom latchet on Georgiana and Devonshire shoes, but you may find latchets on stiffer leather shoes difficult to compress.  To seat the latchet into the chape securely, knotch the sides of your stiff leather latchets.
     
  • You want a fairly snug fit the first time you fit your buckles.  The latchets will conform over time and loosen slightly.
     
  • The tongue and chape spikes on both Fleur and Dauphine buckles are the same, so you can interchange your buckles without having to pierce new holes.

 

About Us

American Duchess is a small, historical, reproduction footwear company based in Reno, Nevada, USA. It was born from an inability to find elegant, affordable, comfortable and historically accurate footwear. Partnering with a community of hundreds of frustrated costumers around the world, we now manufacture a growing line of beautifully hand crafted 18th Century, Regency and Edwardian shoes as well as reproduction shoe buckles and silk stockings.

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