Navajo Sterling Silver Buffalo Belt Buckle

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Floyd Becenti - Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay
Buffalo Storyteller Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU121

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Navajo Sterling Silver Bufallo belt buckle

According to Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright, variations of the B-C-T hallmark have been used by the Becenti family (also spelled Bicenti) for years including Floyd, Lloyd, Richard, Robert and Robert Jr.

The variations include:
  • B-C-T
  • B--t
  • BCT with a copyright symbol

and other variations. The most famous tool stamp with the cent mark has been passed around in the family but has been reported lost, stolen and hidden over the years so various other marks have been used.

Lloyd Bicenti also uses a small LL. BCT and a large LL.

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Floyd Becenti
Navajo Sterling Silver
Buffalo Storyteller Buckle

NBU121 - $250 SOLD

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Size
3" x 2 1/4"
fits 1 1/4" belt
Weight
62 grams
Hallmarks
BCT
STERLING
Artist
Floyd Becenti, Navajo

Navajo Sterling Silver Buffalo belt buckle

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What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one.

The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.

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