Silver Belt Buckle With Elk Ivory with Teton Engraved
This Buclke measures four and a half inches across and is two and a half tall. One of a kind with hand wrought sterling elk skull and antler rack. The pair of matching elk ivory are from a local bull and have a good bullseye pattern lightly carmel colored. The buckle is constructed from nickle silver with sterling silver skull and antlers the ivories are set in pure silver bezel cups.
Click this link for Elk Ivory photos We have made in the past. Custom work available using your ivories or ours.
Elk, cervus canadensis, are the only native north american land barren animal with ivory tusks. In the mastadonian period Elk large as their cousin the bison roamed our western plains. Elk, massive and strong had bodies built to survive intense climates. Thick, muscular necks supported the weight of large antlers, and two awesome ivory tusks looming from their top lip like deadly spears. The ice age melted and north american mammals genetically mellowed, the large ivory tusks receded in front of their eyeteeth. Elk Ivory was extensively used by many of the Native American Indian tribes. To Native Americans, wapiti means stamina. Ivory adorned every occasion, especially for women. Crow suitors supplied 300 ivories for a bride’s wedding dress. Bridesmaids beaded ivories into concentric rows on the gown. Ivory trading by trappers and Indians was hot, ivory as important as horses or guns. Settlers in the high country in the late 1800s shifted the history of Elk and ivory trade forever. Migration routes were obstacle courses of fences, buildings and plowed fields. Tusks were popular for making rings and watch fobs and settlers made extra money selling legally harvested ones and tusks of winter kill. Supply increased as Elk, disrupted from migratory routes, starved due to poor winter range. Outlaws appeared, poaching Elk for ivories only. Known as “Tuskers” they built hideouts, a famous cabin was northwest of Jackson Lake. In 1905 Tuskers were such a problem that the Wyoming legislature set aside a portion of Jackson Hole as the Teton Game Preserve and banned hunting there, Elk still ruthlessly died at the hands of Tuskers. President Roosevelt put Elk ivory on prohibition in 1912 busting the tusk boom. Killing Elk just for ivory became a felony. Jackson Hole was a last stronghold for Tuskers. Congress eventually passed legislation creating the National Elk Refuge. The Jackson Hole herd is the largest in North America, Elk continue to roam ancestral territory. Thanks to strict regulations, licenses and citizens dedicated to wildlife preservation, elk ivory is again politically correct to wear.
We make most of our goods from scratch. We cut and polish most our own stones. We often use reclaimed silver. Our scraps are melted down and cast into ingots that ore then rolled in a rolling mill to form sheet and wire. Our favorite stones are ones we collect ourselves, but we have a great many friends that are rockhounds from which we purchase or trade for rough to cut from. We hope you enjoy our rings. More will be added as we have time to take photos. Thanks for visiting our website.
The photo below shows our two hounds the little one Eagle, her buddy Scotty. They inspire our jewelry daily
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Here’s a photo of an stone I cut and wrapped several years ago We can always create a custom buckle for you out of stone or ivory, just ask.