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Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle "1851-T"
Hand Engraved & Hand-Crafted Solid Sterling Silver
w/Shakudo, 18K Rose Gold & 24K Gold


Hand Engraved Sterling Silver 'Rail' Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Shakudo & Gold 'Americana Collection 1851-T'

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The 1851-T trophy-style buckle, the first in the Americana Collection, is a fun experiment. It is one of Neil's rail buckles, which are assembled with tiny steel screws from a main body plate, the two rails, several hinge and lock parts, and the bail and prong on the back. These buckles are uniquely engineered to have countless possibilities for materials in the main body as well as different buckle widths. All but the main body plates are lost-wax-cast in sterling silver. In this case, the main body plate is formed from sterling silver sheet with a diamond-shaped piece of shakudo attached in the center using tiny steel screws.

Shakudo is a Japanese alloy formulated for a special patina, often used in decorating swords. Depending on the patina-process it turns from a rich, dark bronze color to dark midnight purple. The finely detailed square inside the shakudo is 18K rose gold inlay, and the 24K gold line-inlay accent the shakudo beautifully.

The top and bottom rails that frame the main plate and hold the buckle together, are hand engraved with a leaf-border along the top and bottom and flower grid-pattern on the front. Both rails have 24K gold line-inlay along the front egde. For a final touch, the hinged bail has a beautiful scroll detail.

Ever pursuing new limits and perspectives on buckle-making, Neil's new Americana Collection is the height of craftsmanship and artistry. These belt buckles are inspired by ornamentation on 19th century American guns, which were mostly engraved by German and Austrian immigrant craftsmen. Among them, engraving by German immigrant LD Nimschke is the most well-known and well-documented, and as such, Neil has found much inspiration perusing the book of "smoke-prints" of Nimschke's work. Pieces in the Americana Collection are simply numbered from 1851 - to as close to 1900 as Neil gets before his body gives out. His goal is to engrave 50 pieces for this collection.

The 1851-T trophy-style buckle looks great on any color straight or tapered belt strap, and is especially striking on black or chocolate.

Note: Although, the opening is 1½" (38mm), this buckle would also work with a 1¼" (32mm) belt strap.

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The Americana Collection

Hand Engraved & Hand-Crafted Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle "1851-T"
Solid Sterling Silver w/Shakudo, 18K Rose Gold & 24K Gold Line-Inlay, 1½" (38mm) wide opening


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