About the Artist:
Great American Products (formerly known as The Great American Buckle Company) was founded in 1971. One of its original co-founders, Roger Tuttle, serves as the firm’s current President and CEO. During its first few years, the company was an entrepreneurial mail-order firm selling to the motorcycle market, but later it emerged as a manufacturer specializing in the production and sale of hand-crafted pewter belt buckles, which were sold to specialty shops throughout the country. At the peak of the buckle market, in the late 1980s, Great American Products had a list of over 5,000 active customers.
Though no longer in the Midwest but now located in Texas, Great American Products has become the leader in the pewter-casting industry, designing and manufacturing not only belt buckles but also miniatures, figurines, paperweights, key chains and lapel pins.
This sassy, pure pewter belt buckle requesting the insertion of a nickel for, well, “guaranteed action” was designed in 1979 by The Great American Buckle Company of Chicago, Illinois and made in Mexico. The serial number of this buckle is #326. All manufacturing information appears on the backside of the buckle.
On the belt buckle, the “instructions” of what happens after “inserting the coin” is raised in a relief-style design and painted with a heavy enamel foreground color of dark red. This buckle will accommodate belts no larger than 1.25” wide. It is in excellent vintage condition and appears to have never been worn.
This belt buckle would make a humorous gift for any man brassy enough to wear it, or it would serve as a great addition to any buckle collection.