The Horseshoe Buckle

This buckle is constructed of 24 gauge silver sheet. The main part is stamped and formed in a wooden form, then soldered onto a flat plate,. This makes a hollow, lightweight buckle.

The stamps used to decorate the buckle

The pointed tip is stamped and soldered to a frame on a base to make a box with an open end. When finished it is glued onto the end of the belt.

The guide is a 1/2-inch wide stamped piece of 24 gauge silver bent U-sbape, large enough to accommodate two layers of belt leather (about 3/8-inch thick}. The U-shaped piece is soldered onto a plate so it has two open ends.

This is only one of the many ways to make the horseshoe buckle. It can also be sawed from a single piece of metal, constructed from many pieces, cast, inlaid or decorated with overlay. Some are even made of filigree.

A loop made of 9 gauge round wire is soldered to the back, and a tongue of 8 gauge half-round silver wire is made to fit.

of filigree.

A loop made of 9 gauge round wire is soldered to the back, and a tongue of 8 gauge half-round silver wire is made to fit.

Ttie finished buckle on a 3/4 inch belt

These bolt heads wete ground to shape and polished to fit the k contourjf the buckle. They wtn *

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The pointed tip is stamped and soldered to a frame on a base to make a box with an open end. When finished it is glued onto the end of the belt.

The western style horseshoe buckle | has held up more pairs of Levis than any other single fastener. t It made its appearance about the same time as the western jeans _ or Levis and has continued in ' popularity until recently, when the large Texas "Show olf" I

buckles became popular.

The concave shape of the buckle was ground in the end grain of a piece of redwood with small grinders, using a "Foredom" unit.

An old buckle set, made tn the I930's, from Mriruifilito, New Memco

An old buckle set, made tn the I930's, from Mriruifilito, New Memco

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