Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set
The lost-wax-cast Fox 4-piece ranger buckle set is the second of the 2016 edition. It is named for the A. H. Fox double guns. The keepers and tip are from the 2010 Bighorn set, and are so classic and beautiful that Neil finds many uses for them.
This ranger set with its smaller buckle is more elegant, making a less powerful statement. Neil had to make some careful decisions in the design when determining how much and where to use checkering on the buckle to pick up on that element on the keepers and tip. He needed to have enough room for scrolls, which ideally anchor the design. His solution was to use checkering on the tongue, as well.
The tip is the perfect size and weight; it has Neil's classic bullnose shape, and is lightweight enough to not overpower the leather, and dangle. The back of the tip is also beautifully engraved. All the parts are cast in solid sterling silver from Neil's original, exquisitely hand engraved masters. It is hand finished and hand signed by Neil. With its purely ornamental design, this buckle set is an ideal choice for the person who wants something with the quality of gun engraving, yet tasteful in scale.
About the Americana Series
Classic Western Americana
The history of the Ranger belt began as a cinching technique in horse tack. It allowed for tightening a strap without pinching a horse’s hair in the buckle.
Mexican Vaqueros were the skilled ranch workers of the early cattle days. They also attained great skills in leatherwork and silversmithing from the Spanish tradition in order to make the trappings of their trade.
Sometime in the 1840’s, the new Colt Walker 6 shooter was tried out by the legendary group of frontier lawmen, the Texas Rangers. These new guns needed holsters which required wide belts. By adapting the technique from horse tack, a smaller belt buckle sufficed.
The Ranger belt and buckle sets are now Classic Western Americana. It is a rare photograph of a cowboy that doesn’t show him wearing a Ranger belt or Trophy buckle. Few American traditions in dress are so timeless, as Ranger belts and buckles are popular today.