Solid Sterling Silver 4-piece Buckle Set with 14K and 24K Gold
The Sterling Silver Bighorn buckle set is Western Elegance at its best. Add a 24K Gold Cartouche centerpiece on the buckle and 14K Gold line inlay on all 4 pieces, and it really stands out!
The Bighorn set is the culmination of several years of experimenting with different ways of handcrafting buckles and combining materials. This buckle has a 1" (25mm) wide opening and is made of 4 pieces of silver (and gold), assembled using tiny jeweler's screws. The backs of the Bighorn buckle and tip are also beautifully engraved. All parts of the buckle set are cast in solid sterling silver (and gold) from Neil's original hand engraved masters. They are hand finished and hand signed by Neil.
About Gun-Style Engraving
In the 1800s the American West was settled by Europeans, who were also the first to wear silver buckle tip sets. These 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 buckle engraving and has been the de facto method and look… until now.
Neil’s buckle sets are engraved in the Gun-Style (single point) rather than the Western style (bright cut), and are finding popularity for their sophisticated look and attractive designs. His hand engraved original buckles are highly valued by afficionados. These traditional ranger buckle sets with old world gun-style engraving remind us that the New West is still firmly rooted in the Old West.
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 belt buckles.