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HISTORY OF THE BELT BUCKLE.
Buckles were used in ancient Greece and Rome, particularly in military equipment and military dress. Buckles were first used commonly in the cheek strap of the Roman Galea, hence the word origin from the Latin bucca–cheek. Buckles were also commonly used in the Celtic civilisation. Because of the simplicity and durability of the buckle, it became popular in harnesses and embroidery, especially in shoes and boots. It was commonly used as a typical clasp for clothing until the zipper was invented.
CONTEMPORARY USES TODAY.
The belt buckle is most commonly used for belts, although it is still used in shoes and particularly boots. Tanker Boots employ the use of buckles because of the disadvantages of laces.
Buckles can also be seen on backpacks, watches and other wrist jewelry, or for ornamental purposes on other various objects. Buckles are also commonly seen in modern Gothic Fashion.
Cowboy Belt Buckle History
The effect of cowboy belt buckle is known until today. Every cowboy usually use belt buckle which has a very typical design and also can be used as their identity.
Several of the most wanted belt buckle designs consist of the American eagle and patriotic flag belt buckle which is very common design on belt buckles not to mention a great seller for manufactures. If you see these days popular design is the cowboy riding the bronco, and the Confederate Flag. Talk about the symbol of eagle comes in many variety, some show the eagle's flying, or just the eagle’s head.
The cowboy belt buckle did not found until the first of 20th Century. As the idea of collecting old and antique belt buckles of the popular cowboys who travels the ranges of the Wild West is great, but in the reality of it was all cowboys usually wore suspenders or buckles that were derived from military friction buckles. Then when Hollywood is gaining their fortune, the Western Movies that gave rise to what is we know today as the Western Belt Buckle.
If you notice there are smaller belt buckles which has size less than 3” inches and very popular among women while the men has other taste for belt buckles that are larger than 3" inches. These are typically what people think of when they hear "Cowboy Buckles".
Most designs, shape and patterns on the larger belt buckles usually come in many options. A lot of them are simply for ornament, eg: the shape of gold cowboy boots, a horseshoe, a cowboy riding a horse, and etc. You could say that the cowboy belt buckle is very rustic and stylish also a perfect bet for any one who intend to collect them.
Smaller buckles often have more elaborate pictures to compliment their size. Horse cameos are predominantly popular, as are illustrations of the western lifestyle, such as a miniature cowboy on a bucking bronco.
What is a Pewter “BELT BUCKLE” ?
A pewter belt buckle is an alloy or mixture of metals that can contain various percentages of tin, lead, antimony, bismuth, copper or silver.
The best pewter or "Fine Pewter" contains at least 92% tin and no lead. Antimony and bismuth add varying degrees of strength and/or hardness. It is sad to note that some low grade pewters contain as much as 80% lead. These are to be avoided, especially if the pewter will be used in contact with food or beverages.
Heritage PewterTM is high grade "Fine Pewter" which is lead-free. All of the products in this site are fine pewter.
How To Clean Pewter
Pewter can be cleaned or renewed in several different ways.
1. Wiping with a damp cloth can remove many stains or dust build-ups.
2. If the Pewter Belt Buckle has a highly polished finish, some light tarnish can be removed with pewter polish (similar to polishing silver). Do not use silver polish on pewter. You can obtain pewter polish at higher-end retailers who sell pewter serving items.
3. If the item has a satin or matte finish, you can rub it gently with very fine "0000" steel wool. It is best to try a small a spot on the bottom first to see how it looks.
What Is My Pewter Worth? We get many calls questioning the value of an old pewter piece that someone has found or acquired. Our best advice is to take the item to an appraiser in your local area. An experienced appraiser can best determine the value of an item after inspecting it.
HISTORY OF THE HESSTON BELT BUCKLES
In the 1970’s, many farm implement companies used belt buckles bearing their companies names as a form of advertising. The Hesston Belt Buckle Company also followed the trend and commissioned their Ist buckle in 1974. It was made by Ruebrow Manufacturing, Brooklyn, NY. Approximately 15,000 were made.
The 1974 Belt Buckle promotion was unsuccessful, so Hesston Belt Buckles decided to try another approach. They approached Rodeo Cowboy Association about the possibilities of televising the National Finals Rodeo. The plan was to target Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. So in order to test its effectiveness, they asked each dealer to supply a list of 150 customers and prospects in his area. Hesston then made a direct mailing to the customer asking them to complete a questionnaire stating whether they watched the NFR program and if they would watch it again. The customer then took the card to their dealer to be validated and the company mailed them a 1974 Hesston buckle. This allowed Hesston to disperse all of their Ist buckles.
Associated Advertising Agency, along with Gene Countryman. Director of Communications at Hesston (now with Wichita Tourism Bureau) decided to try another buckle, the 1975 and sell it. They had a design drawn by Bill Manley, in-house artist of Associated Advertising Agency and the PRC Rodeo Association approved it.
The buckle was made by Lewis Buckle Co. of Chicago. It was made by being cast in a rubber type mold. It took a long time for the order to be filled. 50,000 buckles were made.
The buckle became a successful collector's item because of an imprint on the back. Limited addition, collectors buckle. Bill Manley designed a total of 10 Hesston buckles. He is now deceased. 1975 was the only year that Hesston made a boot scraper.
The 1976 belt buckle was produced by A&E Die Casting, Gardenia, CA. This company was purchased by Mattel, (makers of Hot Wheels toys) and they completed the contract. The die was produced by an outside firm, by an old German engraver who retired after finishing the die. With the aid of a magnifying glass, you can see tiny stars in the background. Approximately 125,000 buckles were produced.
The 1977 was the Ist one to be oval shaped and was produced by Cast Products, Chicago, IL. Approximately 150,000 were made. Also in 1977, the Ist numbered silver buckle was made for Dealer incentives. Also, a Pro Rodeo belt was made. 1977 was the only year for a license plate promoting Professional Rodeo. It was made and available only to Territory Managers and Dealers.
1978-Fourth edition of Rodeo Belt Buckles series again made by Cast Products of Chicago. From here on, there is no record of how many belt buckles were made. The silver dealer promotional belt buckle made again. Ist year for the pewter ash tray. Only year that they were available for sale to the public. After 1978, they were only available to Territory managers and dealers.
1979-Again produced by Cast Products of Chicago. Ist NFR stick pin was made. Also Ist set of 6 Leather Coasters were made, included the 1974 buckle design to have a set of six.
1980-Sixth edition of Rodeo Belt Buckle Series. No record of who made them. 2nd set of Leather Coasters made. Rodeo Series. 197,75-1980 belt buckle design on them.
1981 7th Rodeo Belt Buckle Series. No record of manufacturers 2nd stick pin. Ist hat pin made. Ist Bronze Sculpture "The Bul1 fighter" was made. Limited Edition of 480 were made. No record of who the, Sculpturer was.
1982- The 8th final cowboy Classic edition Belt buckle. The 2nd Bronze sculpture 'The All Around Cowboy" was made. Limited to 500 pc. ADM made the Ist die for the Hesston belt buckle.
1983- First Edition of the anniversary series. 1983 is the 25th anniversary of the National Finals Rodeo. Last belt buckle designed by Bill Manley. In 1983 Award Design Metal made the Ist Sterling Silver and 24 karat gold plate belt buckle. In 1983 and 1984, Hesston cast the buckles and Award Design Metals finished them. ADM also produced the dies.
In late 1984, Award Design Metal bought the Hesston Belt Buckle machine and has produced the buckles since.
1984-1989 Belt Buckles were designed by Fred Fellow. 1989 Special Edition "Barrel Racing" buckle. This was the only year that 2 buckles were produced with different designs. Also, this closed the Anniversary Series.
1990-First Edition of the Hesston National Finals Commemorative Series. This belt buckle was designed and produced by ADM.
1991-Second belt buckle in the Commemorative Series. Designed and produced by ADM.
1992-3rd belt buckle in. series. Produced by ADM. Don’t know who designed it.
1993-4th belt buckle: in Series. Produced by ADM. Don it know who. designed it.
1994-5th belt buckle in Series. Designed by Earl Bascom and produced by ADM. He was born in Utah but raised in Canada. You can see his history online at http://www.bascombronze.com.
1995-No information available at this time. We hope that this is welcome information. As we began, we wound up with about 4 times as much material as we used, Again, Thanks to all who helped