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Pinkerton Trivia Page - Pinkerton Buckles




There are a number of Pinkerton belt buckles. Here is a selection of a few:

Pinkerton Buckles

I have found the following general type of buckles:

Tobacco

Here is an oval tobacco buckle that measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/4".

The front shows an Indian and reads "America's Best Chew RED MAN Chewing Tobacco". The back reads "© THE PINKERTON TOBACCO CO., 1988".

Front and back views are shown.
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Here is a rectangular shaped tobacco buckle.

The front shows an indian and reads "RED MAN".

The back reads "PINKERTON TOBACCO COMPANY 1988".

Front and back views are shown.
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Pinkerton's Gallery

This buckle is titled "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" and was produced by Tiffany & Co.

On the front, it reads "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" at the top, and "THE JAMES BOYS" across the bottom. In the center, it reads "BEADLE'S DIME NOVELS" and "NEW YORK". Under each image is the name of the man - "JESSE JAMES" on the left and "FRANK JAMES" on the right.

It measures 3-3/4" x 2-2/3". The back reads "JNASH 221 Regent St. TIFFANY & CO. London England A.COL 2027 in the center. Along the edge reads "Rare Stones, NTY, Tiffany Broadway NY".

Note that the belt buckle is missing on this example.
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This buckle is a reproduction of the above "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" buckle. Like the older one, this reads "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" at the top, and "THE JAMES BOYS" across the bottom. In the center, it reads "BEADLE'S DIME NOVELS" and "NEW YORK". Under each image is the name of the man - "JESSE JAMES" on the left and "FRANK JAMES" on the right.

It measures 3-3/4" x 2-5/8". The back has a circular emblem in the bottom right corner and a very small bust relief in the center. The letters "N-36" appear at the bottom center.

This is part of "the Old-Time Buckle collection" by Oden Inc.
This buckle is titled "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" and was produced by Tiffany & Co.

On the front, it reads "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" at the top, and "WILD BUNCH" across the bottom. In the center, it reads "BEADLE'S DIME NOVELS" and "NEW YORK". Under each image is the name of the man - "BUTCH CASSIDY" on the left and "SUNDANCE KID" on the right.

It measures 3-3/4" x 2-3/4" and 1/8" thick. The back has a "TIFFANY & CO" Arrow marking.

Along the edge reads "RARE STONES, NTY, TIFFANY BROADWAY NEW YORK".

Reverse details are shown. Notice the differences between the James Brothers buckle.
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This buckle is a reproduction of the above "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" buckle. Like the older one, this reads "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" at the top, and "WILD BUNCH" across the bottom. In the center, it reads "BEADLE'S DIME NOVELS" and "NEW YORK". Under each image is the name of the man - "BUTCH CASSIDY" on the left and "SUNDANCE KID" on the right.

The back has a circular emblem in the bottom right corner and a very small bust relief in the center. The letters "R-36" appear at the bottom near the emblem.
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This buckle appears to be another reproduction of the above "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" buckle, but the back looks different. Like the older one, this reads "PINKERTON'S GALLERY" at the top, and "WILD BUNCH" across the bottom. In the center, it reads "BEADLE'S DIME NOVELS" and "NEW YORK". Under each image is the name of the man - "BUTCH CASSIDY" on the left and "SUNDANCE KID" on the right.

From the picture, the back does not appear to have any markings and the buckle looks quite different.
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Updated 7 Oct 2000