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4-Piece Ranger Belt Buckle Set "1856-R"
Hand Engraved Solid Sterling Silver Prairie

Hand Engraved Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set 'Americana Collection 1856-R'

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The sterling silver 4-piece 1856-R is engraved on a Prairie buckle set. Neil hasn't engraved many Prairie sets, but he enjoys the size and shape of this canvas. This ranger set has classic ornamentation from 19th century American guns, and is quite a departure from Neil's usual style. However, he always manages to pull all the elements together, and make it a cohesive design.

There is very little scroll-work, but heavy use of borders instead. The areas of parallell lines with the simple scroll through them gives an interesting effect, especially as they are surrounded by banners and borders. The stamped diamond-circle border along the dropped edges of the 1856-R set is an interesting study in utilizing the different surfaces of a canvas for the added impression of depth and layering. Neil has also been intrigued by the extensive use of arrows in 19th century American gun ornamentation, and he found an opportunity to use them here.

Ever pursuing new limits and perspectives on buckle-making, Neil's new Americana Collection is the height of craftsmanship and artistry. These belt buckles 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. Pieces in the Americana Collection are simply numbered from 1851 - to as close to 1900 as Neil gets before his body gives out. His goal is to engrave 50 pieces for this collection.

This unusual and attractive 1¼" (32mm) ranger set looks good on any color strap.


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The Americana Collection

Hand Engraved Prairie Ranger Belt Buckle Set "1856-R"
Solid Sterling Silver, 1¼" (32mm) wide opening

 

The Americana Collection "1856-R" Prairie Ranger Belt Buckle Set only US $ 2,500.-
Belt Buckle Set on Straight Strap US $ 2,585.-
Belt Buckle Set on Tapered Strap US $ 2,595.-

 

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