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Sterling Silver 1/2 Renaissance "Rainbow Trout" Tabula Rasa Channel Belt Buckle Shown on Straight Strap
This silver "Rainbow Trout" buckle is a recent edition of our lost-wax-cast Tabula Rasa channel buckle. It has half of our Renaissance decorative plate soldered on behind the sterling silver rainbow trout. The trout and the engraved plate are also lost-wax cast from Neil's original carved and hand engraved masters. The tightly engraved scroll-work on the plate has approximate symmetry, and the design is reminiscent of the back of playing cards. The half plate is situated on the buckle with the leaves "growing" up, suggesting water vegetation or greenery on a river bank.
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.
|1/2 Renaissance "Rainbow Trout"||1¼" (32mm) Tabula Rasa Channel Buckle on Straight Strap||US $ 578.-|
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