Carl Tasha Limited Edition Belt Buckles
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.
Source for Carl's Jewelry & Sculpture
- Cambridge Artists Cooperative
Click on "Cambridge Artists Cooperative" above to find Carl's Small SculptureBraceletsPendantsRingsEarrings
Buyer Comments on Previously Sold Buckles - Comments we've received from people who have bought buckles on eBay.
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.
ON EBAYand ETSYThis 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.
ON EBAYand ETSYThe 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
ON EBAYand ETSYThe 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
ON EBAYand ETSYThis 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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Small Flower II
Two-part Primeval Fish
Woman with Bubbles
Small Flower Ii
Two-part Primeval Fish
Woman with Bubbles
Links to our buckles on eBay
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