Salmon Buckle, Large

United States
$330.00
Item No. N85116-L
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This sterling silver buckle shows the salmon, the staple food for the Indians of the Northwest. It is designed by Dale Faulstich, a non-Indian with close ties to the Jamestown S'Klallam Indians of the Olympic Peninsula. The buckle is 3-3/8 x 2 inches, to fit 1-1/2 inch belts. Made in USA.

This design is also available in the smaller sized Salmon Buckle, Medium to fit 1 inch belts.

This sterling silver buckle shows the salmon, the staple food for the Indians of the Northwest. It is designed by Dale Faulstich, a non-Indian with close ties to the Jamestown S'Klallam Indians of the Olympic Peninsula. The buckle is 3-3/8 x 2 inches, to fit 1-1/2 inch belts. Made in USA.

This design is also available in the smaller sized Salmon Buckle, Medium to fit 1 inch belts.

  • Die Stamped Buckles
    This Salmon buckle, designed by Dale Faulstich, is die stamped from sheet silver. In stamping, a steel die with the design in reverse is stamped down with considerable pressure on a sheet of silver so that the design is driven into the silver. This not only puts the design onto the silver but also work-hardens the metal, improving its resistance to wear. The buckle is then cut from the sheet with a cutter much like a cookie cutter, curved, and the loop and hook attached. Stamping provides good detail and finish, although it does not allow the high relief shown by lost wax casting.
  • Salmon
    According to Tsimshian legend, salmon were originally salmon people living in 5 villages. These five species of salmon represented the 5 villages -- Iyai (spring salmon), Mesaw (sockeye), Werh (coho), Stemawn (pink), and Qanees (dog salmon). In early spring, they changed into their fish form and started on their journey, but each group at different times. Salmon was a major food source for all the Northwest Coast peoples, and therefore a major part of their cultures.

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