This example is not an antique belt buckle, as it will almost invariably be described, but a contemporary a fake. An equally fake book, "Tiffany & Gaylord Express & Exhibition Belt Plates" illustrated with examples of their inventive creator's designs includes many fake brass buckles with Wells Fargo and other Western designs. The book was vanity printed as the buckles were being produced so it could be used to 'authenticate' the items the maker had to sell. The intent, of course, was by using the book to 'prove' their age and value, brand new buckles could then be sold to collectors as if old and in many cases, for outrageous prices. This specific design is included in the book and the book itself can be viewed in another listing in this shop.
No originals of this buckle were actually ever actually made by E. Gaylord or any other company in Chicopee. The piece and its spurious maker's mark are fabrications. Look for these types of buckles to also be marked with a false Tiffany mark.
This particular buckle appears to show in relief a depiction of the Wells Fargo & Company Est 1852 Express UPRR railroad train. This piece is frequently described as a conductor's belt buckle.
Measures approximately 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 Inches.
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