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Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckles (w/Optional Gold)
Collectible Annual Editions
Hand Finished and Hand Signed by the Artisan

2016 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Colt #2016-1, Sled Channel Belt Buckle
Solid Sterling Silver
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
Only available with strap US $ 572.-
Sterling Silver 'Sled' Channel Belt Buckle - #2016-1 'Colt'
Fox #2016-2, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 995.- (Strap not included)
Sterling Silver 4-piece Ranger Belt Buckle Set w/Gold - #2016-2 'Fox'

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Sterling Silver Trophy-Style Belt Buckle - #2016-3 'Sweet Elsie'
Sweet Elsie #2016-3, Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
Solid Sterling Silver
1½" (38mm) wide opening
US $ 795.- (Strap not included)

Classic Lines

As it turned out, all three of the 2016 buckles (sets) ended up being inspired by and named to pay respect to historical gunmakers and engravers. Neil is continually poring over books and other literature with old gun-engraving. He's fascinated by that particular decorative art, and it inspires almost every aspect of his work.

The first of the 2016 Annual Edition is engraved on one of Neil's Sled channel belt buckles. The plain, un-embellished version was well received and has also become one of Neil's favorite buckles. He decided to offer an ornamented option for an additional look with this elegant and highly functional buckle. The Colt with it's clean lines and classic engraving reminds us of an old colt pistol.

The Fox 4-piece ranger set is named for the A. H. Fox double guns, and the Sweet Elsie trophy-style buckle is inspired by the Sweet Elsie guns by LC Smith. It's a treat to present this sweet trio of attractive, quality buckles!

 

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2015 ~ Limited Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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The Buffalo King #2015, Trophy-Style Buckle w/Tip
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,850.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Trophy-Style Belt Buckle & Tip w/Gold
The Buffalo King #2015, Trophy-Style Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,340.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Trophy-Style Belt Buckle w/Gold

The Buffalo King

The 2015 Limited Edition of 74 (the number of buffalo Scotty started his herd with) is the Buffalo King trophy-style buckle, available with or without a tip. Other options are a buffalo-tip or blank tip, and appointments on buckle (and tip) in sterling silver or 14K gold.

Scotty Philip has been called the Buffalo King for his role in saving the American Bison from extinction. Although, he wasn't the only one to make the effort, his was the the most successful. His herd has grown into the great buffalo herds that currently populate the grasslands of Custer State Park and Yellowstone National Park. His "instinct and sacrifice" along with his vision, saved the American icon of the Great Plains for those of us here today, and for our children, to connect with our heritage.

Neil designed and made this engraved, western trophy-style buckle in a limited edition of 74 to honor Scotty Philip for his role in saving the buffalo. A cattleman might seem an unlikely conservationist hero, but who better than a man who is familiar with all aspects of the story? We are seeing, for a number of reasons, many populations of species endangered today. When the situation with the buffalo was critical, the right man at the right time did the right thing, and it has made all the difference. We need more stewards like Scotty Philip, now more than ever.

Update - April 28, 2016:
New York Times article: Congress Votes to Designate Bison as National Mammal Unbeknownst to Neil, as he over the last number of years was researching the story of the conservation of the bison, and designing and engraving the master for the Buffalo King 2015 Limited Edition, the bill to designate the American Bison as our National Mammal was making it's way through congress. What a terrific co-incidence, and what a wonderful outcome!

 

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2014 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Parker - Plain #2014, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver
1" (25mm) wide opening
US $ 659.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set
Parker - Turkey #2014, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K & 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,628.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold

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Parker - Wolf #2014, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K & 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
US $ 1,628.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold
Parker - Mallard & Lab #2014, 4-pc Ranger Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K & 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,628.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold

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Parker - Quail Covey #2014, 4-pc Ranger Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K & 24K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,628.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold
Parker - Low-Flying Quail #2014, 4-pc Ranger Set
Sterling Silver w/Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,300.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set w/Gold

The Parker

The 2014 Annual Edition has just one buckle set, the Parker, but many options. With it's Germanic/American scroll-work and extensive use of checkering it has the feel of an old shotgun. Neil designed it in response to the numerous requests for different appointments on other buckle sets, and intentionally left mostly open space on this buckle to allow for adding appointments without covering up a lot of scroll-work.

We currently offer it

  • plain
  • with a turkey appointment in silver or gold
  • with a wolf appointment in silver or gold
  • with mallard and lab appointments in silver or gold
  • with a quail covey appointment in silver or gold
  • with a low-flying single quail appointment in silver or gold.

We anticipate adding many more appointment options by popular demand. Please inquire.

 

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2013 ~ Edition

Note: ~ Prices below are for belt buckle (set) only, unless noted otherwise.
  ~ Buckle widths refer to inside buckle opening.

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Texas Trout #2013-1, Channel Belt Buckle
Sterling Silver w/Optional Cut-Out around Star
1¼" (32mm) wide opening
Only available with strap ~ As Shown US $ 638.-
Solid Sterling Silver Channel Belt Buckle
El Dorado #2013-2, 4-pc Ranger Belt Buckle Set
Sterling Silver w/Shakudo & Optional 14K Gold
1" (25mm) wide opening
As shown US $ 1,386.- (Strap not included)
Solid Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Set

Texas Edition

The 2013, or Texas, edition is in response to our many Texas customers who are looking for an NR Hunt buckle or ranger set with a TX star on it. We have had many customers from the lone-star state over the years, and we truly enjoy working with them. Texans seem to have an easy-going demeanor, while knowing a thing or two about belts and buckles.

Many of our TX customers are fly fishermen, and the Texas Trout is obviously for them. This has been a popular design since Neil made the first, original buckle some years ago. The El Dorado has classic lines and an exquisite design fit for a buckle connoisseur.

 

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Signed Collectible Sterling Silver Belt Buckles
Genuine Classic Americana

These beautiful, collectible silver belt buckles are inspired by, and named for, North American National Parks and wild-lands. They are meticulously reproduced in solid sterling silver from Neil's original hand engraved pieces made specifically for lost-wax-casting.

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 silver belt buckles. These traditional belt buckles and ranger sets with old world gun-style engraving remind us that the New West is still firmly rooted in the Old West.

Each year several new belt buckles and sets will be created to best represent the body of work of Neil's original hand engraved belt buckle sets from that year. Just as printmaking makes fine art accessible to more collectors, lost wax casting also makes for affordable reproductions.

Each belt buckle (set) is marked with the edition-year and style number, as well as production-year, and is hand-signed by Neil R. Hunt.

Gun-Style Engraving on Sterling Silver Belt Buckle Sets

In the 1800s the American West was settled by Europeans, who were also the first to wear silver buckle tip sets. These belt 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 belt buckle engraving and has been the de facto method and look... until now.

Neil's belt buckle sets are engraved in the Gun-Style rather than the Western style, and are finding popularity for their sophisticated look and attractive designs. His hand engraved original belt buckles are highly valued by aficionados.

One-Of-a-Kind and Custom Hand Engraved Silver & Gold Belt Buckles & Other Pieces are also available.

 

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