1) A maker of metal buckles, particularly for belts and shoes.
c.1250 ‘between land in Petergate ... which was of Laurence le bukeler, and that of Hervey le ceinturer’, York
1472 Will. Thomson, bukylmaker, York. In 1660, Samuel Pepys noted that he began ‘to put on buckles’ to his shoes and it was in the second half of the seventeenth century that they became fashionable. Soon afterwards it became a specialised craft in Sheffield: 1711 Samuell Ashford, Buckle-maker, Sheffield
1716 Edward Priest, Buckle maker, Sheffield.