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"Shakudo Covey" is part of a series of buckles Neil is making that we call rail buckles named for the top and bottom rails. They are trophy-style buckles 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. They are uniquely engineered to have countless possibilities for materials in the main body as well as different buckle widths. All but the main body plate, which in this case is shakudo, will be in sterling silver.
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. On this buckle the silver filigree and the gold quail covey are a striking contrast to the dark shakudo background. The quail are quite detailed and some have pure silver inlay in the throat and head-markings, while others have 24K gold inlay in the throat. The silver filigree only has light engraving, further accentuating the contrast. Both the movement of the covey, which is like an explosion, and the background scrolls give a feeling of upward and outward motion.
The "Shakudo Covey" is a uniquely beautiful buckle. It is especially striking on a black straight or tapered strap. Overall buckle measurements are 2½ x 1¾ with a 1¼" (32mm) wide opening.
Hand Engraved Rail Trophy-Style Belt Buckle, "Shakudo Covey" item # "sengr.rail.shakudo.covey4.mar13"
Solid Sterling Silver & Shakudo w/18K Gold Overlay & Pure Silver Inlay, 1¼" (32mm) wide opening
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