Posted 10 May 2018 - 11:33 AM
The custom work often became standard, meaning, they would produce several, leaving off names. If you took them a picture, they would draw it out until you were happy with it. Then they would draw it, to scale, in a space the size and shape of the buckle you wanted (uniform buckle, round or square civie buckle). Once you approved, you paid them and they went to work.
I had 2 different size uniform buckles. One came with a cloth belt, you could get them blue or white. These buckles were too narrow to fit a standard web belt. As I recall, the uniform buckles with standard rate insignia were around 20 Pesos. Add name, 25P. Custom made 30-35, depending, never any price tags, just what they thought they could get. In those days, the Philippine Peso fluctuated between 12-22 Pesos to the US Dollar. So, you can see, Back in the Day, these were pretty cheap. I have 4 of these buckles. My first was the narrow with the blue cloth belt. It has my original rate (ASE). Then I goy a large square with a square rugged ship and my name with scrolling around the edge. Then I got a standard uniform buckle with my new rate (SM), and a large square buckle with my wifes name in gothic script. Oh yeah, my civie buckles came with tooled leather belts that I still use, almost 40 years later. I wore my SM uniform buckle on dungarees, whites, blues and khakis from SM3, to SMCS at retirement. Loved them.