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Benjamin Becenti, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Vintage NOS Inlay Kachinas Concho Belt
HK Item #CB111

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Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

1 1/4" wide x 58" long black leather belt with no holes punched.

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

size
buckle and 9 conchos 3 1/2" x 2 3/4";
1 1/4" wide x 58" long new black leather belt with no holes punched
materials
turquoise, mother of pearl, acoma jet, red coral;
Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Leather
weight
525 grams
hallmarks
stamped on buckle and each concho: BB
artist
Benjamin Becenti, Navajo

[Born around 1950, Benjamin Becenti is the son of Robert Becenti, Sr and the
brother of Robert Becenti Jr. He is from Crownpoint, New Mexico. He has been
active in inlay work since the 1970s.]
condition
Vintage, NOS, excellent, new old stock; normal darkening of silver patina with age.

Read about authenticity
of Native American Indian jewelry
.

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Buckle and each concho are stamped BB.

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Belt loop are likely brass or copper.

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

One concho has a wavy area along an edge.

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Questions or more details.

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New Old Stock

Benjamin Becenti, Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver
Inlay Kachinas Concho
Belt

CB111 - $6,000 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "This collectible concho belt has ten sterling silver oval conchos inlaid with colorful stones. Each concho depicts a different kachina.

"The conchos are vintage NOS, New Old Stock, that were made circa 1970. They were never used or even put on a belt until we purchased them.

"We have had several Benjamin Becenti traditional storyteller belts in the past, those that depict scenes from everyday life for a Navajo family. The panels on those are usually a smaller rectangular size. This is the first kachina concho belt we have had.

"I contacted Benjamin Becenti's son Bennie to ask him about the belt and he said his father made only a few of the kachina belts and that this one was done quite a while ago. He told me that his father had to patent the designs on his belts because other people were copying his work. He asked me for photos of the belt so he could show his father, who had never taken photos of one of his kachina belts. He said his father was very happy to see the belt and confirmed that he made very few of these and especially in this very large size concho.

"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."

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Buckle and 9 panels are 3 1/2" x 2 3/4".

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

Vintage Native American Navajo Kachina Concho belt by Benjamin Becenti

 

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What is a Kachina?

A kachina is one of many supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples. A kachina is also a masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony. Also, a kachina is a carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit.

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.

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.

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