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The "Garland Creek" is another of Neil's new rail trophy-style belt buckles. They 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.
This buckle has an additional scroll-work plate, that was lost-wax-cast in sterling silver, soldered to the front of the main plate. The plate is placed so that the scrolls garland down, around the trout. The opening in the plate accommodates the circular mokume-gane with its sterling silver border, and the jumping trout which is lost-wax-cast in 14K gold.
Mokume-gane (Japanese for "wood grained metals") is a type of Japanese married metal made from diffusion bonded laminates often used in decorating swords, in this case consisting of sterling silver and copper. It is usually worked from the back to produce valleys and ridges on the front, which are filed and sanded to reveal a unique design. A specially formulated chemical treatment leaves a rich patina, highlighting the character of the metal's design. There is risk and discovery in making each piece.
The top and bottom rails that frame the main plate and hold the buckle together, are hand engraved with a leaf-border along the front and checkering on the top and bottom. Both rails have 24K gold line-inlay along the front egde. For a final touch, the hinged bail has a small, checkered detail. The "Garland Creek" trophy-style buckle looks great on any color straight or tapered belt strap, and would be a nice accessory for the avid fly fisherman.
Hand Engraved Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle, "Garland Creek" item # "sengr.rail.garlandCreek4.jan14"
Solid Sterling Silver w/Mokume-gane & 24K Gold, 1" (25mm) wide opening
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