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iconnumber posted 11-15-2003 09:20 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was given this belt buckle in the early 1960's. I hadn't thought much about it until I noticed the Tiffany Studios, New York mark, with another jewelers guild mark below the belt holder. It appears to be a bronze piece, and has enameled areas on the front.

Knowing that Tiffany did make some Zig Zag smoking products, can anyone advise me as to whether this buckle is genuine? Your help is appreciated! Thank you very much!

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iconnumber posted 11-15-2003 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrishub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are pics of the buckle

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iconnumber posted 11-15-2003 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buckles like this were reproduced during the 1960's & 70's. The enamel on you buckle appears to be cold enamel (paint). The reproductions were often made in pot metal and then plated to appear as if bronze and the paint was applied over the plating. I recall buying reproduction jewelry signed Mucha during this period.(hippie years).

I am not familiar with what the authentic pieces looked like. Your buckle does not appear to have the age marks or look of an early Tiffany piece.

Are you able to see any silvery metal on the edges of the buckle and how is the tang of the buckle attacked?

I hope I am wrong and you have an authentic early piece.


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iconnumber posted 11-15-2003 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say that this is a reproduction. I have seen several such buckles at local auctions, etc.

It looks like the buckle actually says "Tiffany Studio" rather than "Studios". It seems like a common trick of reproducers to change slightly the name of the company they are pretending to be. (e.g. Rulex watches wink )

What is that other mark to the right of NEW YORK in your scan? Is it a manufacturer's mark that is partially obscured?

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iconnumber posted 11-18-2003 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember seeing these reproductions being sold at the flea market dealer's tables for a couple of dollars. Wells Fargo designs were also popular. The Zig-Zag ones were especially popular with hippies because Zig-Zag was also the marketing name of the most popular cigarette papers for rolling joints.

You still see these from time to time at flea markets or on Ebay. Sometimes people think they are real and pay quite a bit for them, mostly they are just sold for a very small price.

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iconnumber posted 11-18-2003 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See prior post: Info on Confederate Belt Buckle by Tiffany Studio

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