unknown as to exactly how many buckles were
made as part of the Great Bogus Buckle Hoax. At this time, there
appear to be over 140 different types of buckles (and buttons)
that were made. If variations of these are included (which consist
primarily of different city names stamped upon them) there appear
to be at least 340 different buckles!
In order to help document these buckles, a Photo
Album has been added to this site that contains
pictures of many of them. Visitors to this site
to post their own photos - this is a simple process and
there is not now, nor will there ever be, any charge for
doing so - in other words, posting your buckle pictures is
During the coming weeks additional information with be posted,
- Photos of the backs of some of these buckles. There seem to
be an endless variations as to what, exactly appears on the backs
of these buckles - even when comparing it with another buckle
that is the same on the front.
- Information on how to determine the difference between the
"real fakes" and the "fake-fakes!" As these buckles were never
made by the companies mentioned on this site, all of them are
to be considered fakes - there are some people who like to call
them "fantasy buckles" but that is, in our opinion, merely a
euphemism to state that while these buckles may be fun to collect,
they are not reproductions of anything but merely the creation
of someone who was intent of promoting these as being genuine.
It should be noted that these buckles were created during
the 1960's and '70's and there have been a huge number of other
companies who have copied these fakes (in other words, there
are fakes of the fakes) and it is VERY EASY to get stuck with
these cheaply made reproductions if you don't know what to look
for. The easiest way to tell if your dealing with a "real
fake" or "bogus
fake" is to examine the back. The really disgusting part
is that these "fake fakes" are also sold as not only
being made by Tiffany and Co. (they weren't) but that unscrupulous
sellers advertise them as being well over 100 years old.
- Additional general information about these buckles.