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Comstock Heritage Belt Buckles

Comstock Heritage—America’s Oldest Western Silversmiths—represents three generations of the freedom to explore. Craftsmen are made, not born.

Comstock Heritage, established in 1886, claims the honor of America’s Oldest Western Silversmiths. Beginning in San Francisco under the name J.C. Irvine Company, it was sold to Christian Stegman in the 1920s. Christian passed the business to his three sons, and in 1971 Herman Stegman moved to Carson City, Nevada and re-christened the company Comstock Silversmiths, after Nevada’s famous Comstock Lode silver mine.

Herman’s son James Christian Stegman was born into a family of silversmiths, but he did not consider himself a craftsman by birth. Craftsmen are made, not born—this motto gets to the heart of James’ work.

When he left Comstock Silversmiths with his family’s blessing to re-launch Comstock Heritage, James inherited a warehouse of tools and machines, handmade by his grandfather, which no one knew how to use. So he taught himself. It was not some grandiose gesture of birthright—these were good tools, and he wanted to use them to make something beautiful. That is the legacy of Comstock Heritage: a tradition of craftsmen, of earning before receiving, and of freedom to explore.

Comstock Heritage Borelly

Named for the Borelly Comet, a famously odd comet known for its lopsided, bowling pin shaped core—just the sort of thing that appeals to James’ appreciation of whimsy and wonder.... Learn More

$ 5,900.00

Comstock Heritage Lorien Vines

Another of James’ reinterpretations of the longtime scrollwork motif, the Lorien Vines buckle started out as a thick piece of sterling silver that was carved down to create the vine... Learn More

$ 3,500.00

Comstock Heritage Celtic Scrolls

For this buckle, James felt like playing with a new angle on the longtime theme of Old World scrollwork; the specific inspiration for this piece came from seeing a museum... Learn More

$ 5,800.00

Comstock Heritage Bart's Treasure

Made from a thick slab of sterling silver (8 ounces), the Bart’s Treasure buckle is one of the heaviest pieces James Stegman has made to date. Thick bars of sterling... Learn More

$ 7,500.00

James Christian Managed Chaos

The “Scrap Buckles” were some of James Stegman’s first truly experimental pieces, and he’s returned to the theme once again after several years. For him, the building process is as... Learn More

$ 22,500.00

Comstock Heritage Tyson Bird Dog

Comstock Heritage Tyson Bird Dog. 1.5 inch sterling silver trophy buckle with 18k red gold edge, 14k yellow gold corners, hand cast 14k bird dog figure and cut scenery. Fit... Learn More

$ 4,500.00

Comstock Heritage Tyson Marlin

Comstock Heritage Tyson Marlin. 1.5 inch sterling silver military style buckle with 18k red gold edge, 14k yellow gold corners, hand cast 14k marlin figure and scenery. Fits all 1.5... Learn More

$ 3,900.00

Comstock Heritage Tyson Matte Ducks

In another tribute to this famous waterfowl, Comstock Heritage has created the Tyson Matte Ducks buckle. Flying across a darkened, sterling silver face is a pair of fourteen-karat gold ducks.... Learn More

$ 1,875.00

Comstock Heritage Sutro Ducks

In another tribute to this famous waterfowl, Comstock Heritage has created the Tyson Matte Ducks buckle. Flying across a darkened, sterling silver face is a pair of fourteen-karat gold ducks.... Learn More

$ 2,065.00