4-piece Sterling Silver Buckle Set with 24K Gold
The Blue Dominion 4-piece buckle set is fully hand engraved on a sleek profile buckle. The patinaed finish was designed to resemble case hardened steel, giving the look of a beautifully engraved double gun. The carefully considered design balances a diversity of elements and patterns, integrating the four pieces into a unified whole. It has a 1-1/2" (38mm) opening and would look terrific on any style belt strap.
This one-of-a-kind buckle set is engraved on a standard solid sterling silver Taos buckle set. The meticulously inlaid 24K Gold unifies the design elements and adds refinement to this sophisticated buckle set.
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.