[beltbucklefilter] Any idea where this buckle might have come from?
January 28, 2015 10:07 PM   Subscribe

Picked this up a few years ago at an abandoned pawn place in New Mexico. Love it dearly (although it does need a polish), but I have no idea where it might be from (definitely American, perhaps government?) or what the design might signify. And, hey, I wear it all the time, so I'd like to know!
posted by experiencing a significant gravitas shortfall to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total)
Could it be related to these guys who made an unsuccessful pitch on Shark Tank or Devil Pit or something like that?
posted by lois1950 at 10:17 PM on January 28, 2015

Best answer: That's probably a Texas Lone Star in the middle. And are the handled implements at the bottom truncheons/nightsticks/batons? That might indicate a police connection. They look too short and rounded to be swords or knives.
posted by pipeski at 2:45 AM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

It's definitely a Texas reference. You can search google for Texas Eagle Star and see many many many logos and pics and even other belt buckles with similar design. May not be govt at all but just in the line of Texas themed fashion.
posted by TestamentToGrace at 6:07 AM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Not an expert, but you've got a five pointed star in a laurel(?) wreath, which is definitely used in Texas, but in the past was used by other states as well. See figure 237 in this publication.

You've got what look like police batons on each side of the star.

The eagle is a version of the classic American eagle you see on the great seal of the U.S. and on many many U.S. medals, coins, and insignia of the military and police. The eagel with turned head seems to be on the top of a lot of police badges. As a matter of fact, the eagle with the turned head sitting on/protecting? a building that I could find via some quick googling that looks the most similar to the one on your buckle is on this page of Tennessee law enforcement badges - scroll down about half way down the page and look for the hat badge with the number 27 with the caption: "Hat badges of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries took a few basic forms. Nashville adopted a "crossed baton" style hat badge, so called because of the motif on each side of the badge." Here is a thumbnail image of that badge - check out the eagle on the building at the top of the badge.
posted by gudrun at 8:42 AM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

« Older How do I draw like MC Escher?   |   What type of boat is this? Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.