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Tiffany Wells Fargo - Arizona Territory Buckle

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Tiffany Wells Fargo - Arizona Territory Buckle

129.00

This is a "fake" supposedly Tiffany buckle with a really interesting history that makes it very collectible.

It fits the description of buckles that were made 1967+ by an unknown maker who tried to palm them off as authentic post civil war era buckles or at least replicas of those buckles.  There are many of these old west themed buckles and the back exactly matches another one of his buckles. And the front image has the same “look and feel” as several of his other Wells Fargo buckles. 

 A man named Percy Seibert wrote a book about the same time (1967) about the authenticity of all of these buckles - in great detail - called Tiffany and Gaylord Express and Exhibition Belt Plates.  Tiffany and a company called Gaylord were suppose to have made them and Seibert made them sound valuable and important.  

A famous buckle expert, J. Duncan Campbell, wrote a book in the 1970's called New Belt Buckles of the Old West, in which he carefully documents the fact that none of these buckle images appeared in any known publication prior to 1967, none of the buckles had ever been seen by buckle experts prior to 1967, that Seibert completely plagiarized many other writers work and then changed key items, that the so called buckle makers he mentions weren't even in existence at the supposed times in the 1880s, etc., etc. 

So it looks like he made up images either copied or copied and then changed from popular pictures, and then wrote the "expert" book to raise their value. 

Lots and lots of people were fooled.  

It's 3 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" high, bronze, made to look old but in great shape.   Accommodates up to a 2" belt.  

And regardless of the history, a nice looking buckle.

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