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Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckles (w/Optional Gold)
Collectible Annual Editions
Hand Finished and Hand Signed by the Artisan

2010 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Bighorn #2010-1, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K & 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,786.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold
San Isabel #2010-2, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Solid Sterling Silver
1" (25mm) wide opening
US $ 695.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set

Western Elegance

The release of the 2010 edition is an exciting event at the studio. It is the culmination of several years of experimenting with different ways of handcrafting buckles, combining materials, and last, but not least, capturing the best possible detail of the fine hand engraving in the cast pieces. These buckle sets are Western Elegance at its best, destined to become true classics.

The Bighorn buckle is made of 4 pieces of silver (and gold), assembled using tiny jeweler's screws, while the San Isabel buckle is one solid piece. The back of both buckles and the Bighorn tip are also beautifully engraved. All the parts to the buckle sets are cast in solid sterling silver (and 14K gold) from Neil's original hand engraved masters. They are hand finished and hand signed by Neil.

 

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2007 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Yellowstone #2007-1 Trout, Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
Sterling w/Leather & Optional 14K Gold
1⅛" (28mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 957.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold & Leather
Yellowstone #2007-1 Trout, Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
Sterling w/Mokume-gane & Optional 14K Gold
1⅛" (28mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,250.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold & Mokume-gane

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Silver 4-piece Ranger Belt Buckle Set w/Gold - #2007-2 'River Ranger w/Quail'
River Ranger #2007-2 Quail, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold Overlay
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,078.- (Strap not included)

A River Runs Through It

This year's edition is in the theme "river". It was a recurring theme during 2006 and 2007, and so it was a natural concept. Although, very different, both the trophy-style Yellowstone buckle and the ranger set River Ranger have an open band along the center with swirling, engraved scrolls on the edges, suggesting flowing water.

There are two versions of the Yellowstone buckle. One has a band of leather across the center - stained to match your belt strap unless you specify otherwise, the other has Mokume-gane. The trout is avaialable in sterling silver or 14K gold. The 4-piece River Ranger set is available with a silver or 14K gold Quail.
All the metal parts to the buckle (sets) except the Mokume-gane, are lost-wax-cast in solid sterling silver (and 14K gold) from Neil's fine, original hand engraved masters. They are hand finished and hand signed by Neil.

 

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2006 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Adirondack #2006 Woodcock Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,073.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold
Adirondack #2006 Quail Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,073.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold

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Adirondack #2006 Turkey Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,073.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold
Adirondack #2006 Mallard Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,073.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle w/Gold

Optional
Sterling Silver Keepers & Tip and Silver or 14K Gold Setter

Solid Sterling Silver Adirondack Belt Buckle Set w/Gold Quail & Setter

Centerpieces in Focus

There is only one actual buckle (set) style this year. The available centerpieces are Woodcock, Quail, Turkey, and Mallard. The belt buckle is assembled from 5 pieces of silver (and gold) using tiny jeweler's screws. The oval centerpiece is sandwiched between the body of the buckle and the backplate. All the parts to the buckle (set) are cast in solid sterling silver (and 14K gold) from Neil's original hand engraved masters. It is hand finished and hand signed by the artisan. This is truly a unique buckle (set), very reminiscent of a classic, engraved shotgun.

 

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2004 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Dakota Prairie #2004-1 Pheasant, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
¾" (19mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,645.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set w/Gold - 4-piece
Superior #2004-2 Grouse, Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 2,475.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Gold

Avian Art on Silver Belt Buckles

The 2004 edition of reproduced, hand engraved original silver and gold belt buckles was inspired by beautifully patterned birds, and influenced by a long history of bird art. The Ruffed Grouse on the Superior buckle are in a darker forest setting, while the Dakota Prairie buckle set with the Ringneck Pheasants has the more open feeling of prairie grasses.

 

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2003 ~ Premier Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Glacier #2003-1, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Solid Sterling Silver
¾" (19mm) wide opening
US $ 517.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set - 4-piece
Mesa Verde #2003-2, Belt Buckle
Solid Sterling Silver
1" (25mm) wide opening
US $ 280.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle

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Roosevelt #2003-3, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Solid Sterling Silver
1" (25mm) wide opening
US $ 655.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set - 4-piece
Denali #2003-4, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Solid Sterling Silver
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
US $ 699.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set - 4-piece

 

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Signed Collectible Sterling Silver Belt Buckles
Genuine Classic Americana

These beautiful, collectible silver belt buckles are inspired by, and named for, North American National Parks and wild-lands. They are meticulously reproduced in solid sterling silver from Neil's original hand engraved pieces made specifically for lost-wax-casting.

The essence of tradition in the arts can be seen in 2,000 years of continually evolving Acanthus decoration, from Greek columns, to English shotguns, and now to American silver belt buckles. These traditional belt buckles and ranger sets with old world gun-style engraving remind us that the New West is still firmly rooted in the Old West.

Each year several new belt buckles and sets will be created to best represent the body of work of Neil's original hand engraved belt buckle sets from that year. Just as printmaking makes fine art accessible to more collectors, lost wax casting also makes for affordable reproductions.

Each belt buckle (set) is marked with the edition-year and style number, as well as production-year, and is hand-signed by Neil R. Hunt.

Gun-Style Engraving on Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Sets

In the 1800s the American West was settled by Europeans, who were also the first to wear silver buckle tip sets. These belt buckle sets came to be known as Ranger Sets, after the legendary Texas Rangers. At that time engraving was directly from, or inspired by, European traditions in design and technique. Engraving in silver and engraving on guns were diverging into distinctly different styles. This distinction, as well as the popularity of ranger sets, was accentuated when Hollywood defined the "cowboy look" in the 1920s and -30s. This Western, or Bright-Cut, engraving became the standard for belt buckle engraving and has been the de facto method and look... until now.

Neil's belt buckle sets are engraved in the Gun-Style rather than the Western style, and are finding popularity for their sophisticated look and attractive designs. His hand engraved original belt buckles are highly valued by aficionados.

One-Of-a-Kind and Custom Hand Engraved Silver & Gold Belt Buckles & Other Pieces are also available.

 

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