Set of rare boxed Ede & Ravenscroft ‘Court Buckles’ buckles, c.1900
Boxed set of formal ‘Court Buckles’, by Ede, Son & Ravenscroft, in the 18th century manner of cut & polished steel, with larger shoe buckles and smaller ‘breeches’ buckles, in original box titled beneath the lid:
The inside lid embossed with Royal Warrant, inscribed
Ede. Son & Ravenscroft / Established 1689 robe makers Court Taylors by special appointment to the King and Queen 93 and 94 Chancery Lane WC
Large buckle: L:5.8cm
minor signs of age
Ede & Ravenscroft are regarded as the Oldest Tailors in the world, having gained the Royal Warrant from William & Mary in 1689, then maintaining it by making the Royal Robes of Office for every British Monarch since.
These buckles were intended for the formal outfits of dignitaries such as diplomats and especially Judges and the legal world. They have always been the most desirable robe/wig/hat maker for those needing traditional formalised outfits. Their address at 93 Chancery Lane, which they still inhabit, is very convenient to the Inns of Court and the English legal system – their main clients. As an English newspaper put it, “….one of the oldest tailoring firms in the world, still family-owned and still enrobing the nation’s bigwigs, literally.”
In 1902, Ede and Son merged to make the partnership shown on this box; the name changed again in 1921 to Ede & Ravenscroft. These buckles can be dated to this Edwardian – George V period, 1902-1921.