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Thursday, January 12, 2012

My custom belt is done!


This is the belt my Mom received as a teenager in the late 1930s when her brother sent her a buckle from Albuquerque for Christmas and her stepfather had a harness maker create a belt to go with it.  It has been sitting in a drawer at my house for decades because that has been how long it didn't fit me.

I asked my cousin to design and make a new belt using the old buckle and I'm delighted with the result.  I've been wearing it all day.  What fun to have a double heirloom that is wearable.




6 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful...what a treasure to have. I like the new look. Looks like studded leather? Love studded leather. : ) ~~Bliss

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    1. Bliss - It is studded and punched leather. I told him to make what he thought would look great with the buckle and he did.

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  2. Beautiful!! I love that you thought to "re-beautify" it! What a treasure!

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    1. Thanks, it was one of those why didn't I think of this years ago moments but my cousin had recently restarted his leather work business which created the opportunity.

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  3. This buckle of the traditional Navajo design appeared in the 1936 and played an active part as a face of various belts. This buckle is Americana made in the Western golden age. Made by North and Judd Mfg Co.

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    1. Thanks for the info. That date would fit with the time my uncle spent in Albuquerque and bought the buckle as a gift to his sister (my Mom).

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