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Sterling Silver Renaissance "Bobwhite" Tabula Rasa Channel Belt Buckle shown on Straight Strap
This lost-wax-cast Renaissance "Bobwhite" is a recent edition of our Tabula Rasa Channel Belt Buckle. The engraved plate and the bobwhite quail are both cast in solid sterling silver from Neil's original, hand engraved masters. Neil engraved the patterned back-plate first, and as he was experimenting, as he always does with new designs and pieces, he came up with this intriguing combination. The tightly engraved scroll-work has approximate symmetry, and looks a bit like the back of playing-cards.
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.
|Renaissance "Bobwhite"||1¼" (32mm) Tabula Rasa Channel Buckle on Straight Strap||US $ 595.-|
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