Not surprisingly, the first thing most people want to know, once
they been told that their prized buckle(s) from grandpa's collection
is a fake is a reference to sources that demonstrate that their
possessions are; indeed, worthless. It's often not easy to come
to grips with the fact that something that was believed to have
had significant value is, unfortunately, a complete fraud that
is essentially worthless. Many people have developed significant
collections of the bogus buckles over the years - often paying
several hundred dollars (or more) for each one. Unfortunately,
these buckles really are worthless (unless, of course, you simply
like collecting them because it's fun to do so). Most experts seem
to agree that the value of each buckle ranges from nothing to
no more than $10.
In order to provide a cursory look at some of the currently available
resources on the Internet, many of them on
the web sites of the companies that allegedly had them made, the
following list is a good place to begin:
& Co. - When these bogus buckles first appeared, with
the vast majority of them bearing the Tiffany logo, even Tiffany &
Co. wasn't sure if they had made them (at least not at first).
Unfortunately, a fire had destroyed many of Tiffany's records
many, many years ago and; therefore, it was difficult to ascertain
if they had indeed made these buckles. Based upon the significant
evidence that has since surfaced, Tiffany & Co. now admit
that they never made these bogus buckles. A visit to Tiffany's
web site is absolutely essential for those
those that require "proof" these
buckles were not made by this famous firm.
- Coca-Cola -
With several bogus buckles, many of them featuring nude women,
it's surprising to find that, even now, many Coca-Cola collectors
still scramble for these fake items. This link, found on the
web site - mentions these buckles (mentioned near the
bottom of the page). Remember, just because they have the word
"Coca-Cola" prominently displayed on them, doesn't
make these buckles the "real thing!"
Fargo - A very large percentage of all of the bogus buckles
pertain to Wells Fargo and Company. The only problem is, Wells
Fargo never made ANY of them. In fact, the first and only Wells
Fargo Brass Buckle was made in the 1970's. That buckle
was not, by the way, produced by Tiffany. Examine the Wells
Fargo web site now for further information (note, question
Historical Societies, Museums, and Non-profit Agencies
Commercial/Professional Antique Resources
Channel - Mentions the "Hopalong Cassidy" buckle
that appears far too often on eBay. Again, this reference is
near the bottom of the page.
- Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine, "Ask Mark Parker"
2001) The paragraph at the top displays the bogus "San
Quentin Death Row" buckle. One of the numerous "Anson
buckles found for sale on the Internet.
Impossi-bull" (August 1999) - This brief article
discusses one of the most widely copied of all the bogus
buckles - Chief Sitting Bull. Not only was the design of
this buckle attributed to the famous artist, Frederic Remington
(who did NOT design it), but another famous name is frequently
associated with it - Buffalo Bill. Mr. Parker wisely suggests
using this worthless bogus buckle as a paperweight.
Web Sites of Honest Collectors and Merchants
- Luv2Bid - An Internet online auction company provides an article
"Bronze" Belt Buckles. Interestingly, Luv2Bid
displays some of the cheaply made imitations of the "original"
bogus buckles that are also very prevalent. Come on eBay, it's
about time that YOU started exposing these fakes for what they
Treasures: Premium Militiaria Collectibles - Mr. Snyder
provides a brief account
of these buckles on his site and features several buckles that
he has for sale. It is notable that when he sells items on
eBay, he mentions that these buckles are not as old as they
Journal Sentinel - "Cash pours in for comic pitcher"
(November 23, 2003) - note the last question near the bottom
of the page regarding the infamous "Lincoln buckle" that was
allegedly made from Civil War canons!
Francisco Newsgroup post concerning the "Committee of Vigilance
of San Francisco" buckle.
Books and Other Printed Matter Not Available on the Internet