This example is another fake Western theme brass belt buckle stamped with a well-known and respected name. This design shows a stagecoach with guards on top traversing rugged country as it announces, 'Wells Fargo and Company - Since 1852.' But, this is not an old Wells Fargo item. It never had a connection to that company. Many buckles with Western designs began to appear some years ago and these are covered in detail in other listings in this shop.
A small raised medallion with a lady's head with undecipherable words encircling it marks the piece in the center of the back. It is also marked with a raised BBW logo to the right of E-36 on the lower edge of the back. The medallion mark in the center is the result of copying an earlier example of the buckle, with the other marks being those of its most recent maker. Note the casting imperfections and lack of detail. These frequently occur in cast metal copies as each subsequent mold that is made (copies made of previous copies) results in lost definition.
This particular buckle design can be found with various maker's marks added on the back since it has been repeatedly copied since its first appearance on the market some years ago. All examples of this design are reproductions of the 'original' buckle made, which was itself a late 20th century fake.
This piece can be found mentioned among other fantasy and fake buckles on the Bogus Buckles page noted in this shop's Favorite Links.
Measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches.
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