This example is another fake with a few important features that could cause someone to overspend to own it. Especially if it's sale is accompanied by a false verbal 'provenance' from the seller. Features that might help this item's appeal would be Henry Ford's name and the suggestion this item may be a 'rare' early advertising premium for Ford's Model T. No such thing was ever made, of course, but not everyone will know that. A mark on the back that reads, 'Tiffany Studio New York' and another that is a 'Silver Company' mark suggesting the item may be made of precious metal.
Any one of those singular features by itself could make a beginning collector assume this item must be either old or valuable, though it is neither of those things. Search this shop for other "Tiffany Studio" belt buckles to see other 'famous name' designs imprinted with different, but similar marks. The 'Tiffany Studio' mark was intended to add an element of, 'Wow!' Believing one has just been presented with the opportunity to own an authentic Tiffany-made item can cloud judgment. Fakers count on this reaction.
Tiffany's expertise in the field of design helped make them famous. Potential buyers of belt buckles marked the way this example is marked often do not ask themselves if Tiffany ever really made such an object (they didn't) or why their name would appear on a design created by someone else (Montauk Silver Company - Fairchild Johnson). A buyer also may not stop to ponder why the name of a New York based company would appear on an item marked 'Made in England.' Last, but certainly not least, note the mark you see on the back is not the well-known plural, 'Tiffany Studios,' but instead is incorrectly singular, 'Tiffany Studio.'
If you like Ford cars or Model T cars, you may find this belt buckle to be a nice novelty item. But don't pay too much to own it just because it says, 'Tiffany' on the back.
Measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches
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