Posted 5 years ago
This is posted for Thomas(Brunswick), brought out after his "Nut Head Metal Man".
The two Belt Buckles were job built, meaning they were made by Pipe Fitters, during down time on a job in a refinery. The Buckle with the coin in it, I purchased from a Fitter, in 1980, on a refinery job that I worked on as a Carpenter. The Buckle is made of stainless steel pipe, a 1 1/2" for the 1 Troy oz. .999 fine Liberty coin, and a 2" pipe cut on an angle, then in half through the center, reversed and then welded together, for the oval part, then 2 twisted stainless welding rods, are wrapped around the 1 1/2" pipe, and welded to it, for design, a back plate is tacked on to hold the coin, a pin welded, for the belt hole, and loop for the belt to pass through, (that broke off after 25years of wearing it), then the coin is placed and resin was poured over the top, so the coin can be removed, if needed.
The other Buckle I found at an Estate Sale, about 10years ago, made similar, but with stainless pipe, with copper pipe inside, and 3 sizes of steam tracing stainless tubing, and brass brazing rod, for the design. This type of buckle was made at most refinery jobs, in different patterns. Always frowned upon, but tolerated, by management, I don't know if it still is though! :^D
The old tools are just for a visual, but any that you would like to know about, just let me know!
Thanks for looking, questions and comments welcome! :^)