Vintage Native American Navajo Storyteller Concho Belt
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1 1/2" wide leather with holes punched at 36 to 40 inches.
Buckle shows man wearing concho belt riding white horse with mountains and clouds behind.
Woman grinding corn for flour.
Woman and friend heading to cooking fire.
Silversmith at work.
Wagon and team of horses in front of adobe building.
Bringing light from fire into the hogan for the night.
Benjamin Becenti - Navajo Sterling Silver
CB58 - $3,600
Paula says - "The remarkable vintage concho belt has ten sterling silver panels inlaid with colorful stones. Each panel is like a snapshot of Native American life. We've given our interpretation under each photo - what do you see?
"This belt is vintage NOS, New Old Stock, it was made in the 1970s and never used.
"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."
Buckle and 9 panels are 2 1/4" x 3".
Buckle is stamped BB STERLING.
Belt loop are likely brass or copper.
Navajo artist at work.
Sheep herder on horse. Native Americans were first introduced to Churra sheep brought to North America by colonizing Spaniards in the 1500s. The Navajo proved to be very good herders and weavers and Navajo-Churro sheep became a main source of their negotiable wealth. Sheep images in Native American art represent charity, patience, gentleness and riches.
Hogan (traditional Navajo house) with loom.
The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.
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.