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Old 01-23-2017, 01:25 PM
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I have a SW Buckle I was hoping to get some info on. All of the ones I have found have different belt clasps and no serial numbers. This one is stamp BB1101 and has a flower on the hinge. Thanks in advance
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:30 PM
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This is one of the 100s of "Smith & Wesson" buckle designs you see on Ebay and at Gun shows that are non-factory buckles. ( Note: No S&W logo shown on buckle. 1st sign a buckle is not factory authorized ) The markings are of the forge/maker that produced th buckle and have no connection to S&W. A few S&W buckles are made by licensees, but this is not one of them. Most authentic S&W buckles will have model numbers on their backs. Ed.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:04 AM
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What Ed said. As a collector/accumulator, I too have one of these buckles that was probably purchased on eBay. When you collect items besides the guns, you will find many fakes and when you start out it is tough to know the real from the phoney. Especially some of the older patches that are rarer and have grown in value. Once any collectible becomes valuable the fakers begin to see dollar signs.

At one point, I gathered all of the faked S&W items that I had acquired in one pile and there were quite a few. One of the big sellers at gun shows is the S&W watchman or guard badges. You get suspicious when you see that the seller has a box of 100 of them. That is usually a dead give away. Unfortunately when sold one at a time on eBay it isn't always possible to see that.

What I learned was when someone was offering a "rare" one of a kind anything, I would look at his recent feedback and see if there were prior auctions for 20 of the same "rare" one of a kind item. If so, you probably have a good clue that it really isan't so rare after all.
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