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Hesston 1976 Adult National Finals Rodeo Western Belt Buckle

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Hesston 1976 Adult National Finals Rodeo Western Belt Buckle

160.00

This is the Third limited Collector's Buckle, 2nd cowboy classic rodeo edition. The buckle is stamped on the back "Commemorating the 3rd annual network telecast in 1976 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sponsored exclusively by Hesston Corporation and participating Hesston Farm Equipment Dealers". The front has "1976 National Finals Rodeo" and Hesston in large letters, plus a cowboy saddle bronc rider and horse. 3 1/8" x 2 3/8" for up to a 1 3/4" belt. Brass color, rectangular shape. This was one of the earliest buckles and is smaller and has a different look than later ones. Designed by Bill Manley and manufactured at the A&E Die Casting, Gardenia, California. Prime condition although it does not have the original paperwork (but then I'm not sure if there was paperwork in the early days). Good investment!

Buckles made for the farm equipment company Hesston (now owned by the AGCO Corporation in Georgia) have become highly collectible. The first buckle was made in 1974 as a form of advertising. They became associated with the Rodeo Cowboy Association and issued many NFR buckles. Other classic cowboy themes were tried in later years with usually one buckle per year.

Several companies have produced the buckles over the years including Ruebrow Manufacturing, Lewis Buckle Co., A&E Die Casting, Cast Products, Gary Gist, Award Design Metal, and most recently Montana Silversmiths.

The most collectible are the 1974 and 1975 but you need to be careful of fakes.

I carry only the adult size buckles - there are also youth buckles that started in 1983. And there are silver/gold higher end versions for some years but I don't carry them.

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