Coca-Cola Fantasy Items
Here's an interesting piece from a newspaper
about the burgeoning market in Coca-Cola Fantasy items. One of the paper's readers wrote in to ask whether their Coca-Cola belt buckle designed by Tiffany Studios and showing a nude woman sitting on a crescent moon was of any value (unfortunately there's no picture of the item). The paper's reply: No, because the item is a fantasy fake:
[This] is what Coca-Cola collectors call a "fantasy," which is a piece that never existed as an old item, was not used in advertising by the Coca-Cola Co. (nor sanctioned by them), but is a modern creation meant to appeal to collectors or to mislead the unwary. There are literally tons and tons of these Coca-Cola "fantasy" items out there, lurking in flea markets and at garage sales. The variety seems to be endless, and belt buckles are one of the favorite items to be made as "fantasies," and many of them feature nude women, including one extremely tasteless and offensive example that has the representation of a nude nun of all things!
Nude Nun Coke memorabilia. I may be twisted, but for some reason that seems more interesting to me than the authentic Coke stuff.
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Coca-Cola has been around for over 100 years. It's very possible to have an antique belt buckle that also happens to be fake.
I just "hit" on this site. I'm almost 50. I've been in possession of two (2) heavy brass belt buckles, for around 38 years. (I'll have to ask my mother!) And I'll have to dig them out. If I remember right, I got them at some sort of farmers market, I think in the States, while on a family trip. I thought they where really "cool." Both have a "nuns" habit on the front, from the shoulders up, with a woman's face inset. On the bottom in raised letters it says, if I remember right, either "Drink" or "Enjoy" Coca-Cola... in the Coke "script". There's a sliding brass insert, that when pulled up reveals a young woman, from the hips up, with her breasts exposed. (Now how cool is that... when you're around 12?) My parents didn't want me buying it... with my allowance, paper route, money... (that, and the neighbors across the street from where we lived were Roman Catholic, and they knew I'd have to show it off.) I polished one till you could see your reflection in it... and it definitely made me a MAJOR hit in the school yard during recess. The clip on the back, where it would affix to a belt, was large, and now in thinking about it, could probably be used as a bottle opener. (My parents to this day don't know I bought two of them.) Two other things that I definitely remember about them are, 1.) One of them would clip into a belt from the left side, and the other from the right... that's why I HAD to buy both; and 2.) On the back, opposite from the "clip", and indented in the brass, the words, "A Coca-Cola Creation, Trans Pan Exposition, San Francisco, 1915". Whether they were really made by Coca-Cola or not, I don't know. (In my mind when I got them, I just assumed they were.) I vaguely remember paying around $20.00 US each for them way back then... which was huge!!! (because I was around 12.) I'm moving soon, and almost everything I have is packed in boxes. I would NEVER get rid of something like them, memories yah know. When I dig them out, and if anyone else comments on this, I'll comment more and/or include pictures... if I can figure a way. I've never met anyone else in possession of one of these, and only included all this information... in case it should "fill-in" any blanks, or possibly help answer any questions. Obviously at the time I got mine, there were no computers... ain't the internet wonderful? Peter
this describes it exactly "I have one with a nun on it and it says drink Coca-Cola on the front,when you slide out the plate it does show a woman with her breast exposed,on back of the buckle it says A Coca-Cola creat on,I guess it was pose to say creation,and it says Trans-Pan Exposition San Francisco 1915 under that,but it dont have Tiffany Studios on it anywhere,as a matter of fact it has no other words on it".
The front has a woman in a hat, holding
a glass of coke.On the bottom written,
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The back has that so called tiffany stamped,
london england. Also was stamped with"awarded
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