Solid Sterling Silver Trophy Buckle
Hand engraved in a bold and playful manner, this one-of-a-kind Mission Grapevine Trophy-style belt buckle is fun and unusual, with a slight Art Deco flair. The design works beautifully with the narrow body of the buckle, with the vines following the curves of its clean lines and trailing off at the top. This buckle would be a great piece for the wine-enthusiast in the family.
This buckle is 1¼" (32mm) wide and looks very nice on any darker color belt strap, as it has been "pre-aged" with a beautiful patina. It would make for a classy, yet understated ensemble on a cordovan strap.
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.