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Please PM if you have footwear in the 9UK/10D size range that you are looking to sell. TIA.
 Difficult to tell. Those toplifts are not original. 
   Rancourt did not exist during the time period that Polo Country shoes were produced. Polo Country was produced by a Maine handsewing firm, not sure which one, I have never nailed down the manufacturer. As to AE-yes I do believe that AE does some stateside handsewing production, after all, they are producing domestic handsewn shoes. AE did own a Maine handsewing factory at one point so it is possible that the shoes were made by a factory owned by AE, possibly Maine Shoe...
Well that explains the writing, I did not know that AS made shoes for Polo. Thanks. 
Not cordovan, those are calf unfortunately, one can tell due to the microcreasing in the vamp. It is hard to tell just from the photos that you posted, as the way the vamp has creased can be deceiving. I had to dig through the completed listings on ebay to get a better look at the shoes. The good news is however that you got a good pair of C&J loafers for a solid price. Enjoy.  Also, in my experience, the cordovan footwear from the early to mid 2000s when C&J still made...
No, the whole toplift comes in a single piece. It is not possible to replace just the dovetail (or other shape) insert. 
Gilt codes are account specific.
Rancourt has used the pattern in the past. Here is the buckle loafer with what appears to be the matching pattern.    http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/ready-made/men-s/buckle-loafer-tan.html
I'm not seeing any diamond pattern. http://www.amazon.com/Bass-Mens-Fenmore-Penny-Loafer/dp/B00FWPJJ5K Versus the diamond pattern you can see on Highland made handsewns here: http://theholbornmag.com/2013/08/22/oak-street-bootmakers-american-to-the-sole/ I see a Rancourt handsewn when I look at the Fenmore. 
Comipel of Italy. 
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