Vintage Olympia beer belt buckles

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2015-06-26 10:33:48

Vintage Olympia beer belt buckles are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Olympia Brewing Company

The Olympia Brewing Company was based in Tumwater, Washington, US. It ran from 1896 until 2003, becoming one of the north-west's leading beer producers and extending its reach nationwide.

Vintage Olympia beer belt buckles

Vintage Olympia beer belt buckles were produced in a variety of styles and shapes, predominately during the 1970s and usually fashioned from brass.

Most specimens contain the company’s slogan: “It’s the Water”, a reference to the company’s one-time practice of using water from artesian wells.

How much are vintage Olympia beer belt buckles worth?

Brass Olympia beer belt buckles from the 1970s bearing the slogan “It’s the Water” achieve between $10 and $30 at auction, depending on condition.

A brass variant from the 1970s featuring a Greek-style design and lacking the ubiquitous “It’s the Water” slogan is rare and highly collectible. It can sell for around $40 at internet auction sites.

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