Parker Covey Sterling Silver 4-Piece Buckle Set with 14K & 24K Gold
The Parker - Quail Covey 4-piece buckle set is full of action - the 14K Gold quail covey literally bursts out from the scrolls of this buckle. The 24K Gold inlaid line work adds eye-popping appeal to an already elegant buckle set. The scrolls are Germanic/American style, and the checkering on all four pieces has the feel of an old shotgun. It has a 1" (25mm) opening and looks terrific on any style belt strap.
All parts of this buckle set are lost-wax-cast in solid sterling silver (and gold) from Neil's original, exquisitely hand engraved masters, and are hand finished and hand signed by Neil. Neil has put years of hard work and experimentation into learning how to best capture the fine details of his exquisite hand engraving in his lost-wax-cast pieces, and it shows!
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.