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Carl Tasha Limited Edition Belt Buckles

Updated on December 13, 2012

Beautiful Belt Buckles

Last Updated December 13, 2012

Carl Tasha was a sculptor and painter who lived much of his life on Cape Cod, his family home. He is most widely known for his sculpture and his captivating jewelry and belt buckles. Many people have collected his work since the 1960s.

About three years ago my sister and I started selling his belt buckles on eBay, and then in partnership on Etsy. Most of the buckles are Limited Editions, in brass or sterling silver. Many are animals, and there are flowers and abstract designs, as well. We are trying to spread the word because we know there are many people who would love these beautiful buckles but don't know about them.

The slim beauty above is the Pike. It is a T-back buckle, which means it can be mounted on a belt of any width (see below for details). It's 3-1/4" long and a little under 1" high. I love this little sculpture - the insert is the one I keep on my desk.

Right below is some more information about Carl and how he worked.

Links to our current eBay buckles are near the bottom of the page.

About Carl Tasha

Carl Tasha, who passed away a few years ago, lived most of his life in Provincetown, Massachusetts, his family home.

How He Worked. His distinctive style is due in part to the specific metalsmithing techniques he used and developed: melting bronze rods with a hand-held torch while using the melting rod to guide the flowing metal, forging the work as it cools (hammering, bending), and sometimes fusing separate elements together to form one piece.

Limited Editions. The buckles are Limited Editions, restricted to a certain declared number. They are produced by Carl Tasha Designs in Limited Editions, the studio founded by Carl with Nancy Lamb Gribbin in the early 1970s to make castings of his work. Each buckle is signed and numbered. As in prior years, each piece is made under the careful eye and hand of Nancy Gribbin.

Sculpture and Jewelry. The studio also makes Carl's Limited Edition sculpture and jewelry. Right below is a link to the Cambridge Artists Cooperative, where Nancy has his sculpture and jewelry available.

Buyer Comments on Previously Sold Buckles - Comments we've received from people who have bought buckles on eBay.

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Buckles in the Photo

Bird of Paradise         Frog, Flower, Snake          Dragonfly (in Brass)

Silver Lily                      Small Flower II                Kneeling Unicorn

  Dragonfly (in Silver)                      Swimming Frog


Photos of the Buckles


The eBay pictures near the bottom of the page are very small, but here are some large photos of the buckles we have now, or have had, or will have.

Dragonfly

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ON EBAYand ETSY

This buckle is about 1-7/8" in diameter and fits a belt up to 1-1/2" wide.

This is an all-time favorite, simple and beautiful.

Tree Frog

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ON EBAYand ETSY

The Tree Frog is one of my personal favorites. Since it is in silhouette, it can be seen across a room. It's 2-1/2" side-to-side and 1-3/4" top-to-bottom. It fits a belt up to 1-1/2" wide.

Frogs are a motif that Carl often used in his work. In Provincetown each spring, vernal pools collect in the dunes. Carl and Nancy loved that tadpoles would appear, transform into frogs, and then before the pools dred up - without fail it seemed - all the tiny frogs had left to make the journey across the sand to the ponds and trees.

Ionic Horse & Horse's Head

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ON EBAYand ETSY

The Ionic Horse (1-7/8 side-to-side, 2-1/8 top-to-bottom)

The Horse's Head (2-5/8 side-to-side, 2-1/4 top-to-bottom)

Both can take a belt up to 1-3/4" wide.

These wonderful horse's heads were inspired by ancient Greek shields.

The texture you see on the Horse's Head (the right one) is the result of two processes: 1) Molten metal flows, bubbles, and overlaps upon itself. Some of the roughness this creates was allowed to remain in the piece rather than being smoothed away. 2) Hammering the metal as it cooled, which Carl often used to smooth a surface, here was used to add more texturing.

The Ionic Horse is more lyrical, with the smooth surface and the curve of the neck.

Woman with Bubbles

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ON EBAYand ETSY

This buckle is 2-3/4" top-to-bottom and 2-1/8" side-to-side including the bar. It will fit a belt up to 1-1/2" wide.

Many of Carl's sculptures are nudes, and about a half dozen of his buckles. In this playful design he uses his famous round spheres as the bubbles and as part of the background platform. Spheres similar to this in other buckles represent fish and dragon scales, turtle scutes, and flower petals. You can also see them in a slightly different form in the Concho II at the top of the page.

Large Dragon

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ON EBAYand ETSY

The Large Dragon is 3-1/2" side-to-side and 2-1/8" top-to-bottom, and can take a belt up to 1-3/4" wide.

Carl's dragons - the buckles, pendants, and sculptures - are terrific.

Stag

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The Stag is 2-3/4" side-to-side, 2" top-to-bottom, and will take a belt up to 1-1/2" wide.

This buckle sold in the summer of 2011. I'm not sure when we will get another, but since it is another of my favorites I'll keep the picture here for now.

Blue Whale

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This gorgeous Blue Whale is in sterling. It is 3-1/2" long and 1-1/2" wide at the tail. It is a "T-back" buckle so it can be mounted on a belt of any width.

Right below, you will find information on how to mount a T-back buckle, which will make clear why it can be used on a belt of any width. This mounting can be done easily by a leathersmith. A T-back can also be mounted in the center oblong hole of a regular off-the-shelf snap belt.

I'm not sure when we will get another Blue Whale, but we have other T-backs.

T-back Buckles - like the Blue Whale, Pike, Owl, and Butterfly

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T-back buckles can be used on a belt of any width. They are designed to be mounted in a particular way, shown above, but most can also be mounted in the oblong hole of a regular snap belt.

We sold the wonderful Owl T-back a couple of months ago. There's the great little Pike fish on eBay now and the Butterfly. I think we will be getting another Owl.

Current Buckle Summary

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THE BUCKLES WE CURRENTLY HAVE LISTED (AS OF DECEMBER, 2012)

eBAY

Butterfly (T-back)

Dragonfly

Ionic Horse

Horse's Head

Large Dragon

Pike (T-back)

Small Flower II

Tree Frog

Two-part Primeval Fish

Woman with Bubbles


Etsy

Dragonfly

Horse's Head

Ionic Horse

Kneeling Unicorn

Large Dragon

Small Flower Ii

Tree Frog

Two-part Primeval Fish

Woman with Bubbles

Links to our buckles on eBay

CLICK ON THE ITEM TITLE TO GO TO THE FULL LISTING.

There you will find more information on each buckle.

If you have a question which needs a personal response -- and you do not have a Squidoo account where I can contact you -- be sure to leave your e-mail address. To do that, click on "by CJN" in the upper right corner of this page and then click "Contact Me"

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      jen 10 months ago

      I just bought silver bull sculpture marked C.Tasha. Can you tell me anything about it?

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      Hrysge11 21 months ago

      I have a owl in flight labeled 82/1000. Are the still saught after ! Could you tell me the value?

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      Mark 2 years ago

      I recently acquired a bronze/brass "Blue Whale" buckle, signed "C TASHA", numbered 184/1000.

      Can you please tell me what year(s) Mr. Tasha made this fantastic buckle?

      Many thanks,

      Mark

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      Cheryl 2 years ago

      I own one of his prize buckles and I love it. It is of a "frog on a leaf" done in bronze. Sorry to hear of his passing, he was a very talented gentleman.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Approximately 35 yers ago I purchased a large sterling silver "Fish" buckle...I wear it freqiently....I have never , ever worn it without receiveing rave compliments on it. I also own abrass fish and sea turtle buckels....I pr'ize each and every one of them....I thank Carl Tasha and his memory for such talent..

      Dr. Leonard DiGiovanni

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      These are absolutely beautiful. Very artistic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Carl was a friend of mine in the early 1970s. I made silver rose jewelry. I taught myselft how to fuse silver and gold after watching him fuse brazing rod. What an incredubke artist. I remember the incredible sculpture he built for Dale Elmer at the handcrafter...