Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
an investigative report, by Harry Ridgeway 

Fakes, reproductions, replicas,

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FP1631     Virginia two piece buckle, swords down, cast
Construction is solid brass casting, very crude pattern, swords down style  of Virginia seal, oakleaf wreath is flat back. Patina seems light to me, style is unknown. Recovered: not known   Tongue keeper 49.2mm, wreath keeper 49.4mm, wreath 49.0mm. Ref: Mullinax Plate 421 to 428 not listed likely fake.  It is my opinion that the tongue is repro.  It does not seem to match any of the examples in Mullinax book detail is very very crude and patina is light.  Measurements are considerably smaller than any published examples.  The wreath appears to be from a CS balls serif two piece buckle, it may be real but appears to be repaired, the keeper appears to have been reattached to the wreath. 

Editor note:  This buckle was submitted for evaluation and rejected.  So is this fake or real, comments and opinions solicited