Art of the Buckle

Art of the Buckle

Jim Arndt

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1423632184

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Art of the Buckle

Jim Arndt

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1423632184

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A collection of one of the hottest fashion accessories

Emmerling and Arndt team up for their fifth book celebrating the art of things people love to collect. Here they bring us fabulous belt buckles from vintage collectibles, trophy buckles, beaded and bejeweled varieties, ranger sets, and classy contemporary designs, all celebrating the fascination with beautiful buckle art. Cowboys and Indians, arrows, horses and longhorns aplenty, sweet hearts, and plenty of other icons decorate these fashionable pieces. And it wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the artists who created them.

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ranger sets is their sophisticated style; but part is a subtle message that although he may be a banker now, in his dreams he is western—maybe even a cowboy. Ranger collection, raised and engraved. (Clint Mortenson.) “My world is full of three-piece silver buckle sets. I can’t imagine life without them. I have them on my watchband, briefcase, guitar straps, money holder, gun holsters, suits, coats, hatbands, belts, boots and sheaths. I’m convinced, on more than one occasion, a buckle set is

by these groups, trophy buckles are awarded to the winners. A trophy buckle is a real point of pride for these athletes, as it identifies their accomplishments to people who see them win or wearing the buckle. Very large buckles are also called “trophy” for their size, even if they weren’t awarded as rodeo prizes. While the ultimate way to have a trophy buckle is to win it, the rest of us can enjoy collecting trophy buckles from pawnshops and antique shows. I am known for my western rodeo

buckles and love wearing them. Unique open-center champion buckle. (Clint Mortenson.) “When I design a trophy buckle, I really consider what event it is for or who will win it. New designs with a vintage look are my favorites. One of my biggest compliments is seeing a top cowboy or cowgirl that I know has won a lot of buckles through the years wearing one of mine as their favorite. I feel lucky to do what I do. I like the mix of creativity and working with Western heritage stuff.” —Clint

sidewinders —even if one does not like snakes, they still look great in designs of gold or silver on those unique buckles. Three-horse buckle. (Sandroni collection.) “William Faulkner once said, ‘The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again . . .’ These are wonderful, wise words. It is my goal to make sure our buckles sing, dance and have a never-ending life of their

was hooked! I started looking for and collecting rodeo buckles and belts. I loved the trophy buckles that had bucking horses, bulls, ropers, and barrel racers—all of which were highly engraved or inlaid with gems or from towns that I loved visiting. I had spent a lot of time going to Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, shooting my American Country West book. On the other end of the spectrum, I even attended the Rodeo Days in Montauk, Long Island, New York. In every magazine—from Vogue, English

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