This example is another contemporary fake belt buckle in a design which makes an extreme effort to appeal to several different niche collectors at once. With "Wells Fargo & Company - From Coast to Coast" over the image of an old fashioned steam engine and "California Central" under the image, this buckle takes aim at Western themed collectors, as well as those seeking early railroad memorabilia. It also bears a false "Tiffany New York" mark on the back to secure the interest of anyone seeking Tiffany-made items.
It is conceivable that someone named Tiffany, living in New York and working for the Wells Fargo company, once wore this buckle on a commuter train ride to work. But that sequence of events would be the only way this particular buckle would ever know a connection to the wording and rail imagery seen on its front or the name printed on the back.
This is not an old Wells Fargo item and it never had a connection to an actual railroad, past or present. It was not made by the well known and respected company suggested by the mark cast into its back.
Many similar buckle designs began to appear some years ago and these are covered in detail in other listings in this shop. When it comes to a supposedly old item made by Tiffany, don't look at the mark, look at the item. This can sometimes be difficult to do if initial excitement at being presented with the opportunity to own a Tiffany marked item clouds your judgment. Fakers count on this, too. So, look at the item, not the name. Only items of high quality will bear an authentic Tiffany mark. Besides the fact they have never made this type of belt buckle, not ever, this piece lacks the high degree of quality it should exhibit if they had.
The real maker of the earliest fantasy ‘Tiffany’ marked belt buckles also made up a fake book about them and paid to have it printed. Then the book was sold to help give credence to the many fantasy buckle designs they were making at the time – because those items were illustrated and described as if desirable antiques in their book. This complicated effort was done for the sole purpose of 'authenticating' fakes and fantasy items of their own fabrication. See item ID: 2007RP00049 here in this shop for more information on this scheme.
This buckle measures approximately 3 3/4 inches by 2 3/8 inches.
Item ID: 2007RP000179
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