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Vintage Sterling Silver
Sandcast Concho Belt
HK Item #CB43

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Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Size

7/8" wide black leather belt;
52" long end to end (no holes punched in belt)
Buckle: 3 3/4" x 3 1/8"
5 conchas 3 7/8" x 3 1/8
6 butterflies 3 1/4" x 1 3/4"

Materials
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Leather
Weight
629 grams
Hallmarks
None. Tests as sterling silver.
Artist
unknown
Condition
Vintage, Pre-owned, no deep scratches or nicks on sterling silver; see photos for wear and patina

Vintage Sterling Silver
Sandcast Concha
Belt - CB43

$950 plus s/h (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "We’ve left this old sandcast concho belt AS IS, the same condition in which we received it, because the historic condition is so very appealing. We estimate that it is from before 1950.

"Most leather concho belts are quite adjustable. You can adjust them to fit a smaller waist by punching additional holes in the leather. You can slide the conchos along the the leather to adjust their spacing closer together or farther apart. You could even remove one or more conchos if you want to make the belt very short. Also you could cut excess leather off the tail end of the belt. To make a belt larger, you can purchase a leather belt of the proper length and put the conchos and buckle on the new belt.

Paula says: "Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Sterling silver buckle is 3 3/4" x 3 1/8".
Black leather belt is 7/8” wide and 52 inches long. There are no holes punched in the leather.

Questions or more details.

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

5 Conchos 3 7/8” x 3 1/8” each with a copper belt loop.
6 Butterflies 3 1/4” x 1 3/4” each with a copper belt loop.

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

 

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver concha belt

White Buffalo Navajo Pawn Collection Wolf Collection

This collection consists of a group of very old items that are most likely from the 1920s to the 1950s, due to being able to date a few of the pieces. These are part of the treasure trove gathered by a woman in her beloved travels in the southwest. They were tucked away in her home, only to be recently discovered by her daughter, who sold the collection to help with expenses for her dog and wolf rescue.

We’ve left most of the items AS IS, the condition in which we received them, because the historic condition is so very appealing


WOLF teaches great dignity, courage, powerful Spirit communications, instinct and intelligence. Deep family connection and importance, stealth, wisdom, and extreme endurance. Wolf is a powerful ally on our spiritual journeys.


What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

 

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even .
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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