Solid Sterling Silver 4-Piece Buckle Set with 24K Gold
This one-of-a-kind hand engraved buckle set has a simple and conservative look while having a whole river scene engraved on it. Flowing from buckle to tip, the water imagery is framed by double-line 24K gold inlay on all four pieces. The scroll-work on the buckle is flowing and organic, transitioning to waves on the keepers, and finally a stylized leaf pattern on the tip.
This beautiful buckle has a 1¼" (32mm) opening and the set would look very nice on a straight strap. The lighter-colored gouges on the edges of the strap shown in the photo are a nice detail, and really pulls out the richness of the gold accents in the buckle set. (Strap not included - don't forget to order a strap separately!) If you order a belt and want this level of detail, please send Neil an email and ask for "gouges." Neil will default to a lighter shade in the gouges than the strap color.
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.