Sycamore 1852-R

$2,560.00

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Sycamore 1852-R

Solid Sterling Silver 4-Piece Buckle Set

This one-of-a-kind, hand-engraved buckle set depicts the head of a retriever on the buckle and a bunny hiding in the scrolls on the tip. Putting the dog at the center of the scroll was a common practice in the 1800s. It isn't seen very often in today's engraving styles.

The engraved scrolls are simple, yet strong, leaving a fair amount of open space. A carved zig-zag border on the edge of the buckle and tip, and on part of the keepers (see angled close-up), tie the pieces together. The diagonal band across the keepers is a powerful design element that brings the eye back to the center.

This sweet ¾" (19mm) buckle set is an attractive ensemble on any color belt and looks great on one of Neil's custom ranger straps or on a ¾" straight or tapered strap.

Neil is ever pursuing new limits and perspectives on buckle-making. The buckles in the "1800" series are the height of craftsmanship and artistry. They are inspired by ornamentation on 19th century American guns, which were mostly engraved by German and Austrian immigrant craftsmen. Among them, engraving by German immigrant LD Nimschke is the most well-known and well-documented, and as such, Neil has found much inspiration perusing the book of "smoke-prints" of Nimschke's work.

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About Gun-Style Engraving

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.

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