Belt buckles are another affordable collectible. This is a grouping I have for sale soon on ebay.
There are some really interesting ones here. The two oval (one small and one big) are made from mother of pearl). The two oval smaller ones (second to last) are pre-Victorian and made from the shell of the sea turtle (now thankfully a preserved species).
Before the invention of celluloid plastic (c1850), and then bakelite plastic (1907), there was no plastic at all !
Jewellers used the shell from the giant sea turtle which was black underneath (it rarely sore any sunlight) and the kind of mottled brown yellowish colour from the top of the shell, which did get lots of sun.
This mottled brownish yellowish tortoiseshell has passed into the language but actually it should be called ‘blonde tortoiseshell’. This is to tell it apart from the black shell from the belly.
The two small oval ones are made from blonde tortoiseshell, you can see one of them has a slightly bowed central bar.
Tortoiseshell is bendy under heat and once it is heated, it will then contract around whatever is embedded into it.
There is a whole range of jewellery called 'pique’ which is tiny pieces of hot metal pushed into heated tortoiseshell. Again, it was at its most popular during Victorian times.
repurposed soles showing their strong side as psk solebrother and solesister test the treads amidst a nostalgic asphalt filled day of play. boots built to be buried in… slid in, jumped in, danced in, and undeniably played in!