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1974 CREW BELT BUCKLE FOR MASH - $325 (MAR VISTA)

1974 CREW BELT BUCKLE FOR MASH 1 thumbnail1974 CREW BELT BUCKLE FOR MASH 2 thumbnail1974 CREW BELT BUCKLE FOR MASH 3 thumbnail
condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Brass belt buckle handmade
model name / number: #35
size / dimensions: 31/2 by2 inches
When looking at the front of the two buckles side-by-side, the differences are immediately noticeable. One of the buckles looks imperfect because it is hand made while the other is perfectly shaped and and all of the letters are perfectly defined. The early, and handmade, version of the buckle is dated 1974. It was given to the cast and crew very early in the series run. The buckle is solid brass and has exposed brass on the front and back. The back of the buckle appears to be handwritten and has several important pieces of information:

The far left of the buckle states “Made in USA”
The name and address of the “Wyler Foundry and Harness Works” in Van Nuys, CA is listed
The name of the sculptor is listed as “F. Edward Benko”
The date 1974 is listed after the sculptor’s name
The middle of the back of the buckle has a number unique to each buckle produced
The back of the buckle is what makes this version so unique as they were hand designed and numbered. I have done some research on Benko, and there is not much information about him available other than that he worked in visual advertising for a number of record companies, so this is likely the same person. This first version of the buckle is the rarest since it was handmade and individually numbered. I am not sure how many were made, but I would speculate that there are less than 200 since these were made for the cast and crew in the show’s second season.

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