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Nez Navajo Sterling Silver
Paula says - "A traditional coup design in a very substantial bracelet. Rather than being flat, the surface of this bracelet is carinated, which means being shaped like a ridge, such as the keel or prow of a ship. Very classy and stylish. Catches the eye and the light."
The Total Inside Circumference (total measurement around the inside) is also the approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap. The gap is the distance between the ends.
Coup - comes from the French and is pronounced "coo". The dictionary definition of coup is a successful stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment. To an Indian, coup usually mean "war count". But coup is also thought of as an "honor count" or measure of bravery.
Coup can range from a well-spoken word, an honorable deed, stealing an enemy's horse, to a slap or strike with a stick to killing and scalping an enemy.
gunfighters also used a system of marking coup by carving notches in the
handle of their guns for every man they killed.
Whether the Navajo silversmiths were thinking of Coup when they made these bracelets years ago is unknown, but they are some of the first types of silver bracelets they made - often using a cold chisel and hammer to strike the lines into the face of the bracelet.