Murray Bros. Custom "Dragonfly" Buckle with Belt
An amazing 3-piece custom sterling and gold buckle set, mounted on a matching 3-section alligator belt that is joined by sterling and sapphire mounted swivels. The buckle set is intricately engraved with high-relief dragonfly and floral motif in sterling silver with 14K rose gold, 14K green gold, 18K & 22K yellow gold, and blue sapphires for the dragonfly eyes. The engraved silver mounted swivel connectors of the belt are the same high-relief floral carving, with inset lapis. The buckle is marked “No 56 / MURRAY BROS / MONTANA / .925 14K 18K 22K; the tip is marked “56 / MURRAY BROS / .925 18K 22K”; and the keeper is marked “56 / .925 22K”. The mounted connectors are each marked “MURRAY BROS” on one side, and “56 / .925 18K 22K” on the joining piece. The brown belt is wild American alligator by John Weinkauf of Kerrville, Texas. The belt is made to fit a 32" to 36" waist; the buckle is 3" x 3" with deep dome style. A truly exquisite and striking buckle and belt combination.
Dave Murray, Silversmith, Huntley, Montana.
Dave has been a full time silversmith for 50 years. He makes one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from diamond jewelry to silver coffee pots, but three-piece buckle sets are his specialty. His work is in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.
Lot 120, Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Auction - June 22, 2019. Santa Fe, NM.