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Vintage Sterling Silver Overlay
Link Concho Belt
HK Item #CB102

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Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Size
36" long;
buckle and 16 conchos 1 1/2" diameter
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
unknown red inlay material
Weight
225 grams
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, very good; medium patina; no dents or deep scratches

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Buckle and 16 conchos are 1 1/2" diameter.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Kokopelli, bear paw.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Roadrunner, geometric.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Stork-like bird, turtle.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Vintage Sterling Silver Overlay
Link Concho
Belt

CB102 - $450 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "In my opinion, this concho belt shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Solid sterling silver with satin finish 1 1/2 inches diameter. Oxidized black background. Inlay of unknown red material.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Kachinas.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Bird, turtle.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Imapala, stylized bird and cactus.

Vintage sterling silver overlay concho belt 36 inches long

Thunderbird, road runner.

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Questions or more details.

Store Policies

NOTE: Items in our 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. Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

What is Overlay?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

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 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.

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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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