The Red River D Belt Buckle

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    There are 98 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by Drpmkp.

    • I mentioned in a previous post several months ago that I located an individual that claimed to own an unfinished Red River D buckle that was made in the same shop as the original 1946 buckles made for the cast and crew members of 'Red River.' The buckles were made in the La Azteca Silver Shop in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico just across the border from Nogales, Arizona. The filming location of Howard Hawks 'Red River' film took place in 1946 in Elgin, Arizona just about fifty or so miles from Nogales.
      The Martinez family owned the La Azteca Silver Shop in Nogales for over thirty years. Brothers Jose and Elias were excellent craftsman in the jewelry and silver field. In the early 1960's the shop was sold to a successful Nogales businessman named Jose Guadalupe Jimenez Cortes. He was known to his friends as 'Lupe' and to thousands of customers as "Mickey" because of his longtime proprietorship of Mickey & Cia. on Avenida Obregen in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
      This buckle was located in the shop among the other items included in the sale. Lupe gave it to his son. I located him and corresponded via text messages on several occasions. He said, yes, he indeed have the buckle and was very excited about sharing photos of it with me when he got the chance. Unfortunately, he passed away a couple months ago. I was able to follow up with his son who did locate the buckle provide me these photos to show you.

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    • I am sorry about the death of Arturo, but it is so cool that you were dogged enough to finally get a picture of the buckle. Are you thinking of making an offer to the son? That would be a hell of an addition to your collection.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Here is a photo I found of a variation on the design of the Red River D buckle.
      The buckle has the rope design around the edges with a loop in the lower left corner containing a star. There is a large 'D' used to spell put the name 'DUKE'S.' Between the two wavy lines is the word 'HOLLYWOOD" and at the bottom is the word 'COWBOYS.'

      I have never seen anything like it before. I believe it was sold via Ebay or Etsy in March 2018 to at least one individual. More perhaps could have been sold.

      Does anyone have any information on this buckle or happen to own one? Just curious.

    • This is a smaller size version of the Red River D buckle that John Wayne owned. This smaller buckle was only one inch wide by two and a half inches long. He wore it in his personal life. Due to it's smaller size it was much more comfortable for everyday wear. The buckle was sold at auction in 2011 for a price of $16,500.

      I would be very interested to learn what year John Wayne acquired this buckle and the maker of it. It has the initials 'JW' in the lower corner. Also, instead of '1946' in the upper corner it had a Herford head.

      The famous full size Red River D buckle from 1946 with initials 'HWH' that John Wayne wore in nine films remains missing. It was presumably stolen from a silver shop in Los Angeles in September 1981 when it was left there by the Wayne family to have copies made for the family.

      According to the Los Angeles, California police bulletin from October 1981 the value of the buckle as a collector's item could exceed $100,000.

    • It's the time of the year to decorate the tree at the Red River D Ranch.
      My request to Santa is to bring back this Kurt Adler ornament from several years ago. I do not know what year this ornament was issued.
      Does anyone have any information on this item to share?

      Kurt S. Adler
      Catalog # JW2143
      Item Size: 4.35 IN
      Packaging Type: Polybag W/Rat Tail
      Master Carton Dimensions: 16.50L x 15.13W x 10.00H

      Season's Greetings from The Red River D Ranch!

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