About the Artist:
Bergamot had its humble beginning in Fox River Grove, Illinois in September, 1970. The first "factory" was a 10-foot by 14-foot smokehouse that rented for $35 a month! Over the years the company has grown to be considered the premier Art Foundry of its type in the world. Located now in Delavan, Wisconsin, the factory now encompasses 100,000 square feet, is three blocks long, and has 100 dedicated employees.
For over thirty years, the artists and craftsmen of Bergamot have been creating the finest works of art in metal. Over this period, Bergamot artisans have produced over 38,000 stock and custom designs, currently manufacturing more than 2,000,000 castings per year. With a focus on solid metal castings, as well as offerings in bronze and sterling silver, Bergamot products are superior in every respect, in a wide pricing spectrum.
This Bergamot pewter belt buckle from 1980 celebrates the XIII Winter Olympic Games that were conducted in Lake Placid, New York. The buckle prominently features a slalom skier angling down a snowy mountain side. This very large (and weighty) belt buckle displays the thrill of the skier completing in the slalom event. On the reverse side of the belt buckle are the Bergamot logo, the date of the buckle was issued, and the stock number “V-85.”
This wonderful men’s belt buckle is in great vintage condition, with a few visible signs of light wear from handling, but it is well preserved for its age. This buckle will accommodate a belt no wider than 1.75 inches.
This hard-to-find belt buckle celebrating the Winter Olympics would make a great gift for the collector on your special list or a fine way to complete your own collection of quality display pieces. However, showy buckle is meant to be worn, especially during the winter and snowy weather.