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Sterling Silver Texas Trout Tabula Rasa Channel Belt Buckle, #2013-1, shown on Straight Strap
With and Without Cut-Out Star
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The lost-wax-cast Texas Trout is one of our earlier Tabula Rasa channel buckles. It is a re-make of the "Texas Trout" custom, hand engraved buckle from 2008. The customer wanted a copy of the original done in all sterling silver. As this buckle has had a lot of comments and inquiries, Neil decided to make and engrave a master and mold it for lost-wax casting and add it to our annual editions. Like the original, the scrolls are done in a very slender, fluid style, like freshwater weeds moving with a current. The border at the top suggests shore vegetation, while the bottom border has a repeated wave pattern, with the occasional stray weed.
The Tabula Rasa is Neil's answer to the Channel Belt Buckle (also called a ratchet or tension buckle) that was popular from the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800's through the Art Deco era of the early 1900's. These buckles were originally mostly hand-crafted. This is the first lost-wax cast buckle of its type that we know of. The current version of the Tabula Rasa is Neil's fourth (v4.2) generation of improved design. The buckle now has an even sleeker profile, and the ratchet grip is stronger than ever. This ensemble is simplicity and elegance at it's best.
The Tabula Rasa buckle is cast in solid sterling silver. It does not have sharp edges or corners and is extremely leather friendly. The burnished-edge strap fits through the buckle like a hand in a glove. A two-piece ratchet pinches the leather from the back to hold it in place, allowing for easy adjustments in any increment you want. (Neil often adjusts his out a bit when he sits in the car, it takes three seconds to do.) The strap requires no holes, allowing for a totally clean and minimalist look. It is 1¼" (32mm) wide, and looks terrific on a Black or Cordovan belt strap.
Note: The #2013-1 Texas Trout is available with a solid front or for an additional $45.- Neil will hand-cut openings around the star.
|Texas Trout #2013-1||1¼" (32mm) Tabula Rasa Channel Buckle on Straight Strap||US $ 638.-|
|Texas Trout #2013-1 w/Cut-Out||1¼" (32mm) Tabula Rasa Channel Buckle on Straight Strap||US $ 688.-|
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