Dear John: Can you tell me something about this Wells Fargo Loop? It has been in my father’s possession since the death of his parents; my father is 89 years old. Thank you! – S., Inverness
Dear.: I appreciate the good, clear photographs of the back of your Wells Fargo belt buckle.
In the 1960s and 1970s, belt buckles branded Wells Fargo and other widely recognized American corporate icons began to appear in the antique market. With names like Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, Western Union and more, they looked genuine. They were well made with great detail and the reverse side had specific information about the manufacturers and many had names like Tiffany and Company as the manufacturer. In no time, they became very collectable items and were selling for hundreds of dollars.
As some people began to question their authenticity, a timely book was published which, in great detail, lent authenticity to belt buckles. The bright red hardcover book was titled “Tiffany and Gaylord Express and Exhibition Belt Plates”. The copyright was from 1950. With the publication of the book, collectors’ interest and prices continued to increase.
But the story does not end well. The curls are all fake, and so is the book. There is a good website dedicated to exposing these fake curls. The website is www.bogusbuckles.com, it’s an interesting story to read. Your belt buckle is one of those fakes and was made after 1960. Of course that was 60 years ago, and maybe with such a history behind them they will likely become collectibles. in the future. Currently, they are bought and sold in the secondary market in the range of $ 25 to $ 50.
Dear John: My father remembers this lantern when he was little. With his death, I inherited it. The top will function as a stand-alone lantern or on its base which acts as another oil reservoir. I can’t find any markings. Any ideas of age or manufacturer? I estimate him to be around 87 years old. Thanks for the help. – CS, internet
Dear CS: The oil lamp you own was probably made before WWI. The photo is not sharp and is not sharp. If you look closely at the wick adjustment knob with a magnifying glass, you can find the manufacturer’s name or possibly the words Made in USA. I think it’s pressed glass, but I can’t see the pattern clearly.
Oil lamps are a specific category of collection. The potential dollar value based on the bad photograph is less than $ 50.
John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques trade for 30 years. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, PO Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or [email protected]