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

Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
California two part buckle, Federal plate 338

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Plate 338 California state seal two part buckle   
Original is sand cast, somewhat crude casting quality, but will all the fancy California or gold rush trim!

F1231      California two piece buckle, manufactured by Tim Parsley 
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Tongue keeper 50.1mm
Wreath keeper 50.0mm
Wreath height 52.7mm

Editor note: Plate was obtained directly from Tim Parsley as a sample of his production to be used in this presentation

Gold Miners two part plate, not listed   

F1079   California gold miner two piece  

"This is a reproduction of a Gold Miner 2- Piece belt plate. This type belt plate continues to be retrieved from the old gold mines in California. Unusual 1850 period cast belt plate, and the buckle was sold as a package deal when the miners bought their mining equipment. The buckle was used on the miner utility belt. Collectible or Wearable."

Source: ebay auction by jaglady00 3/12/06 "Gold Miner 2- Piece Belt Buckle Plate Item number: 6611625240"

Editor note: "jaglady00" is Hanover Brass, items sold as reproductions.

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