Navajo Sterling Silver Storyteller Belt Buckle

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Tommy Singer - Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay
Storyteller Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU149

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Navajo Sterling silver Storyteller belt buckle

Paula says -

"Home. What a great feeling when you look at this scene of the sky, the mountains, Monument Valley, the house, the car....ahhhh..."

Size
3 1/4" x 2"
fits 1 1/4" belt
Weight
40 grams
Hallmarks
STERLING
THOMAS SINGER
Artist
Tommy Singer, Navajo

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Tommy Singer
Navajo Sterling Silver
Storyteller Belt Buckle

NBU149 - $450 SOLD

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Who is Tommy Singer?

Known world wide for his silver work, chip inlay and necklaces, Tommy Singer pieces are highly collectible and sought after. The Tommy Singer family has been involved in silversmithing, stone and beadwork for a very long time, handing the art down from one generation to another. Tommy Singer grew up on in the community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and has been attributed as the first Native American artist to use chip inlay. This is where a silver piece is decorated with turquoise or coral chips. (See this bracelet for an example of chip inlay.)

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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