Renaissance Pheasant "Wings Up"
Solid Sterling Silver Trophy Buckle with 24K and 14K Gold
This beautiful sterling silver trophy-style buckle with a 14K gold pheasant uses Neil's renaissance plate, and is handcrafted with his trademark swivel bail. The renaissance plate and the pheasant are lost-wax-cast from Neil's meticulously hand engraved masters.
The hand engraving on the perimeter of the buckle is a wonderful example of Neil's use of detailed borders, and his ability to tie together different elements of a design. The 24K gold line-inlay at the top and bottom adds the final touch of class. This fine buckle looks good on any straight or tapered belt strap.
This buckle is 1¼" (32mm) wide and looks good on any straight or tapered 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.