Belt Buckles

The Siskiyou Buckle Co, as its name suggests, specialised in the production of quality, metal, belt buckles. In 1992 they produced a series of buckles based on Boris' artwork. As far as I can establish there were three designs: one using the existing painting Golden Wings and two which seem to have been purposely designed. The back of the buckle showed, in addition to the company name, the title, copyright details and the alpha-numeric pattern number. They were available as either antiqued (bare metal,) or enamelled (distinguished in the catalogue, but not on the buckle, by an E after the pattern number.)

E-8 The Dragon

The Dragon is about 3" x 2½" and was produced in antigued and a number of different colours – a few examples are shown below. Although the colours used were quite attractive it can be seen that the painting of the enamel was not to the same standard as the metalwork – look at the dragon's tail (definitely not up to Boris' standards!) The colour descriptions are mine – I do not know whether the buyer had any choice as to which colour was supplied.

The buckle also had two different backs, one having a better finish than the other. I am ignorant as to whether they were used simultaneously, or successively.

A design sketch may be seen here.

Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, antique finishAntiqued Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, back #1Back Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, back #2Back
Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, green enamelGreen Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, brown enamelBrown Belt Buckle E8: The Dragon, purple enamelPurple

Y-6 Wizard

This item, Wizard (3¼" x 2⅝",) came in antiqued or Navy Blue enamelled versions. The painting of the enamel is of a better standard than on The Dragon.

The company's website shows that this design is still available.

Belt Buckle Y6: The Wizard, antique finishAntique Belt Buckle Y6: The Wizard, enamelledEnamel Belt Buckle Y6: The Wizard, backBack

Z-6 Golden Wings

This buckle, Golden Wings, also came in antiqued and enamelled versions – I only know of one colour pattern but then it is quite rare so I have not seen very many!

Belt Buckle Z6: Golden Wings, antique finishAntique Belt Buckle Z6: Golden Wings, enamelledEnamel Belt Buckle Z6: Golden Wings, backBack


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