Belts, like so many accessories that began as a simple
functional item, have become the final touch to that perfect outfit. The belt
has come a long way from the piece of hemp rope worn by Lil’ Abner in the
Broadway theater production of the same name. Beyond theater costuming, belts
are worn every day by millions if not billions of people world wide, not just
for keeping your pants up, but as a personal style statement.
Belts are made of various materials, including leather,
wide ribbon (also known as narrow fabric), webbing, macramé fibers, silk,
patent leather, stretch fabric, chain, brass links, and any other fiber or
material that will lend itself to the application.
Belts are an unusual accessory from a manufacturing
standpoint in that they are made to size, as is clothing. It is one of the few
accessories that are sized to fit the wearer. Regardless of what the actual belt is made from, the focal
point of the belt is the belt buckle. Belt buckles are made in many different styles.
Conchos (also spelled concha), which is a word derived from the Spanish
word for "shell", are a common application if an American Indian
or Southwestern appeal is desired.
Some belt buckles are simply D-rings,
through which the belt is drawn and held with friction and tension. Military style buckles provide a flat surface for
soldering a motif or decorative item, such as the Boy Scout emblem, or they can
be left plain, highly polished, or with a satin finish. The military style buckle
tends to be masculine in its appearance from a fashion standpoint, which can
limit the variety of motifs used on them.
Leather belts are manufactured in a
number of standard widths which requires a range of sizes for buckle application
as well. Trophy buckles are a rare combination of award, jewelry and art form.
Most are hand engraved and endowed with rosettes, champion banners and motifs.
Rodeo motifs may include, barrel rider, bull rider, steer wrestling, steer
roping, calf roping or other event symbols. Trophy buckle bases can be made of
cast or stamped brass, bronze, silver, or nickel silver.
Belt buckles that fall into more mainstream fashions
include a variety of styles and shapes. Bases can be solid, or filigree, stone
encrusted or set with an elegant semi precious cabochon or stamped brass
embellishment. Belt buckles, if they are layered, can be a perfect format for
mixed metals and materials, which can give this fashion staple a long life on
many different outfits.
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Guyot Brothers manufacturers a number of different
brass stampings that are suitable for use in making belt buckles. Some can be
used as bases, some as embellishments or as settings for cabochons. Here are
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