This vintage belt was made in the mid-late 1930s. It is tooled with a diamond pattern with alternating diamond clusters of small studs and colored jewels. The belt holes are grommets and there is a tooled keeper. The original belt buckle was missing when I bought the belt and I have added a Japanese reproduction buckle with a whirling logs motif, which is close to what this would have had when new. The loop for the buckle needs to be re-stitched, at some point before I got it, the original buckle was removed and the belt was re-stitched to a smaller position, indicating multiple owners over its lifetime, as someone else has punched additional holes in the end of the belt to expand it. The belt measures 34″ to the smallest hole, 37″ to the largest grommet, and 39 to the last informal (punched later) hole.
This vintage belt was made c.1938 and was sold by Sears under the “Cowhand Special” model name. This type of jeweled, studded western belt was popular between about 1933 and 1941, with narrower styles and styles with overlaid contrast leather reviving it in the late 1940s-mid 1950s. This early variant was equally popular with cowboys as it was with the collegiate crowd, and you frequently see these worn in period photos with wide waistband collegiate slacks. This style of belt buckle was used on these belts from 1937-1939.
Belt Width: 1-3/4″
Smallest hole: 26″
Largest Hole: 33″
This vintage belt was made in the late 1940s. This narrow style, with jewels on the hips and a ranger belt buckle was popular around 1946-1950.
Largest hole: 30″
Smallest hole: 26″
This vintage belt was made in the late 1940s – early 1950s. It is made of black leather with a floral pattern, a western belt buckle with metal tip and loop, studs and red and green jewels. It is tagged a size 30, so it would probably work best for someone with a 28″ waist. Although difficult to read, it appears to be stamped that it was made in San Francisco.
This vintage money belt was made in the 1950s. These were popular with US servicemen for keeping money and other personal objects safe. This one was used by a L.O. Lemon, and has a Japanese bell shaped zipper which takes stylistic cues from pre-war Talon zippers.