Grateful Dead Owsley Belt Buckle

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Postby jimmyfredman on Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:04 pm

Chemical reflections like cool aid with owlsley

Rest in Peace Bear
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Postby fredo on Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:06 pm

See you on flip, Kid Charlemagne.
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Postby hainshead on Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:32 pm

RIP Bear.
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Postby kvshow2 on Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:51 pm

Thanks for the few awesome, rambling conversations we had...I treasure them.

Thanks for humoring me the night I ran into you at the Ritz-Carlton hotel bar in Atlanta...I was more than three sheets to the wind, and felt like I was in the presence of greatness.

Thanks for the email correspondences over the years...thanks for the buckle...I've worn it proudly every single day for the last 25 years or so.

To say that you were a truly "unique" individual would be a vast understatement.

RIP Bear

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Postby caleb on Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:19 pm

RIP bear, he brought a lot to the scene over alot of years, fare thee well..
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Postby jaydaniel53 on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:06 pm

I have a bronze number 4. I won it in one of our regular all night poker games from Peter Stanley, Owsley's son, in 1984 or 5. We both lived in adjacent apartments above Spankys restaurant in Fairfax. I didnt realize until now these were valuable and sought after items. Ive been wearing it around on and off for about 25 years and its still in very good shape.
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Postby virtualmert on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:31 pm

Some emails I got from Bear when I was going to buy a buckle a few months ago, should have pulled the trigger:

There is no such thing as an 'original 1983 buckle. The date Dec 1983 is the copyright date, and is on all buckles, in fact every GD buckles from the very first ones in spring of 1984 have been cast from waxes made in a single seven cavity rubber mold and are identical in every detail- other than the cavity ID of 1 through 7 in the center (equal numbers of each have been cast).

That said:

All prices are in US dollars.


I have gotten into a pinch by not slowly bringing my prices up over the years, while the costs have continuously risen, and have this year taken a jump, due to the very high price of copper- and this puts me in a bind. Perhaps it is no longer reasonable to offer belt buckles as signed fine art castings.

If people continue to want them at a price which reflects today's costs- then we are ok, otherwise I will just have to leave off making them.

Sun and Moon buckles are available in two sizes, 50 mm and 60 mm for the Sun (across the points) 47 mm and 57 mm for the Moon. There is only one size, 55 mm for the GD. Moons and GD are available in silver as well as bronze.

From time to time I handcast a few Suns and small, cutout GD buckles in 18k gold ($9500- I have none at the present time). I also cast occasional unique buckles in silver-- like geckos, faces, moons, etc. Also pieces such as owl rings, drizards and other motifs. All of these are cast by myself, in my studio. Some of them are depicted on the site. General price for small silver castings is $3800, gold price depends on the alloy and design. I have other castings, such as 'Lucy', a 22k gold lady brooch with a diamond. There are still some of my limited edition larger works available, such as MARS I, edition of 15, only four are left- price (next sale) is $7500. Also Pluto, edition of 15, 10 are left, price is $8000. As is usual in the art market, these limited edition sculptures, as well as the Bob Thomas prints, will rise in price as the edition approaches being sold out.

Foundry buckles:

The cost of metal has risen sharply and I must finally raise my prices.

The bronze GD buckles are $800 and the silver version $1450. The Sun and the Moon buckles in bronze (in either size) are $650. The smaller silver Moon is $1100, the larger $1400. Sun buckle is not available in silver. Shipping fee is $60. It will take about 4-7 days for the shipment to reach you after payment is verified here. The money is transferred by international bank telex.

Enamels:

Small cutout (skull) GD medallion, enamel on .9999 gold with heart and (partial) rose back is $5000, the plain back with side panels but no winged sun disk is $5500. Only one full version with winged sundisk and heart & rose back pieces is available at present, $7000. I will have more available later this year- more blanks have been struck. Suns are available both plain back and H&R no enamel for $5000 and $5500. Enamel w/H&R is $6500. I have an enameled .9999 gold Moon for $10,000.and one 22 mm .9995 platinum moon- This is very expensive and a difficult metal to work-$18,000 I have 25 mm die-struck moon medallions, flat or dished back in .9999 silver for $4000.

I have a few other enamels of various designs including sun and moon and a couple of hand carved, Tufted Puffin and Lady with a Rose.

I strongly recommend all enamels be worn on a Chinese/Thai style chain, preferably around 45 cm in length. These chains are either 23k (Thai) or 24K (Chinese) and are closed by a special 'W'-shaped hook. The jump ring fits in the middle of the W and thus is prevented from sliding along the chain. The piece is pure gold and quite soft from the kiln, the jump ring is 18k very hard-drawn. This means the wear is taken by the ring, not the piece. This is due to abrasive dirt embedding in the softer metal, protecting it while grinding away at the harder metal. IF a ring becomes worn, I will send a replacement on request- the correct one. Beware,jewellers only have rather soft rings which will damage the piece- in the worst case I have seen, a soft jump ring was soldered shut and the piece it self wore through and was so damaged it could not be easily repaired. I have a stock of chains, they are one baht Thai weight, (~15 gm). I sell them at the current listed price of (one troy oz) gold.

Much of the work posted on the site has been sold, but generally can be reproduced- (Horse with moon and southern cross has been reproduced seven times). In each case there are small differences- I keep the design as pic or a simple outline sketch, each 'replica' is then carved freehand. If you see a piece you are interested in on my site which is not mentioned here, please ask.

The fast disappearing Bob Thomas hand-printed and coloured woodcut GD logo prints, which were done in a single edition of 50 shortly before Bob's untimely demise are close to all sold, there are, so far as I can figure- only about 4 left. Next one (this one) to be sold will be $7000..

Most of the people who write ask about this rare, highly collectible piece of art actually have no idea what value it represents, nor any real intention to buy it. When I quote them this absurdly low price, they usually don't even bother to reply.

So far as I am aware, this is the only available work by this amazing artist who so strongly influenced me, my art, and the imagery of the Grateful Dead which is offered for sale. None of the people who own any of Bob's other art, either paintings, woodcarvings/turnings or bagpipes and flutes, are willing to sell. This edition cannot be repeated- the block was destroyed. The last remaining examples will rise in price as each is sold.


No one 'bought' a buckle in '83, as there were none.

I don't know what numbers I may have on hand, but you can ask, you could be in luck.

There is a lot of counterfeits, lies and deceptions on EBay. You and everyone else are safest coming to me directly.

All GD buckles of either metal are cast from identical waxes, so if you look at either you 'see' the other, like on my website.


All are signed- in the wax.

A numbered and limited edition would be inappropriate, not enough units and WAY expensive!!!
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Postby SoulMates on Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:40 am

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Postby weyistrilson on Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:11 pm

Does any one know the edition number within each of the 7 castings?
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Postby Dreadyhead4 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:16 pm

Anyone know if the fixed back (non-moving) silver moons were rare? I was told they are harder to come by.
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Postby Deadhead8872 on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:59 pm

I've been looking for one for YEARS but this one went out of my price range (for the moment). Not sure I will ever own one in this lifetime....but I will


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dl ... 0719890758
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Postby weyistrilson on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:55 am

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Postby fredo on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:04 pm

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Postby weyistrilson on Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:22 pm

251714304374 eBay auction. Clearly seller with 0 sales has no idea. Read description
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Postby biscocrack420 on Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:24 pm

weyistrilson wrote:251714304374 eBay auction. Clearly seller with 0 sales has no idea. Read description

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