Victory Silver belt buckle by Wolverine?

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mhmorningstar
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Victory Silver belt buckle by Wolverine?

Postby mhmorningstar » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:27 pm

Hello,
I've got an antique Masonic belt buckle that is marked "Victory Silver" and the name Wolverine. I've never seen silverplate marked as Victory Silver before. Is anyone else familiar with this? When I found it I thought I read "Victor Silver" which would have made sense, but the mark clearly says Victory. I'm also having trouble finding out anything on Wolverine. All my searches turn up X-men comic related materials!
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Re: Victory Silver belt buckle by Wolverine?

Postby Traintime » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:44 am

Possibly Wolverine Brass Works...catalog E indicates specialties & leather goods, beyond their plumbing related wares: https://www.grpl.org/uploads/grhsc/170.pdf

Ceased in 1986, but might be the same company that did later-ear buckles simply marked "W" (Western themes, railroads, vintage autos, etc.). Perhaps Victory Silver is a wartime emergency substitute to save on controlled vital materials. A patent for buckles might read as "a fastening device" in the description?

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Re: Victory Silver belt buckle by Wolverine?

Postby Traintime » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:11 am

It appears the simple "W" mark (sometimes with USA) can be attributed to Wilton Brass Works (see Oldcopper.org site) and is traceable through buckles and other items made by Wilton-Armitale (the aluminum alloy they produced from 1963-on)...looks like brass, pewter, polished aluminum (?), and Armitale may be the range of metals they used, with no indication of any silver or gold employed either solid or plated.


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