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Beautiful 1942 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Gypsy Tour Award "V" for Victory buckle from the only wartime Gypsy Tour. The center of the buckle shows a large, enamel "V" in blue detail. At the top, inside the "V" displays the AMA emblem, a triangle with a pinwheel in the center and the letters AMA in the corners of the triangle. The bottom of the buckle reads: "1942 GYPSY TOUR" in raised letters. Gypsy tours comprised of a group of riders from all over that would converge on a favorite destination, the term gypsy was used because of the far reaching corners the riders would come from, camping and sleeping in tents along the way. The annual gypsy tour to Laconia, New Hampshire near Lake Winnipesaukee began in 1916 and is the oldest continuous motorcycle event in the U.S.
Approximately 1-7/8" x 1-3/4"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Gold plated brass, enamel
Loop/lug hinged attachment
"PAT'D NO. 1783854" on reverse buckle
This is from a motorcycle collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VHJX16 LBDEX8/16
8+ (Excellent): The buckle shows minor to moderate wear, nearly all the enamel details remain intact, overall excellent condition.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.