Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise and Coral Concho Belt

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Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver
Tommy Singer Concho Belt
HK Item #CB32

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Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt
Size
1" wide black leather belt;
47" long end to end;
14 conchas: 1 1/2" diameter
Buckle: 2 1/4" x 1 1/2"
Materials
Leather, sterling silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, coral, Read about stones
Weight
173 grams
Hallmarks

TC   Sterling (see photo)

(According to Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright, this hallmark is attributed to early work of Tommy Singer.)

Artist
Tommy Singer, Navajo

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

Copper belt loop on the back of each concho.

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

Buckle is 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" with 16 clear turquoise stones and a coral centerpiece.

Authentic Navajo Pawn Jewelry

Tommy Singer Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise and Coral Concha
Belt - CB32

$1650 plus s/h (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

SOLD

Paula says -

"This concha belt was made in the 1970s but was never used - it is brand new vintage!

"The leather belt is 47 inches long. The 14 conchas are 1 1/2" diameter with 8 clear turquoise stones. The buckle has 16 turquoise stones. Each piece has a bright red coral centerpiece. The conchos will slide on the belt to make them closer together for a smaller waist or farther apart for a larger waist."

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

Navajo Sterling Silver turqoise coral concha belt

14 conchas are 1 1/2" diameter with 8 turquoise stones set in seratted bezels with a coral centerpiece.

White Buffalo Navajo Pawn Collection White Buffalo Collection

We recently purchased a large collection of vintage but unused Native American artifacts including jewelry, rugs and pottery. It was part of the estate of a Navajo woman who was a missionary that worked with Native Americans in Four Corners - the area of the American southwest where four states meet- New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. As a single parent, she raised 5 daughters and a son while also providing food, shelter, and clothing to less fortunate people that needed assistance. Often she was thanked for her help by gifts of Native American items.

Most of the items in this collection are from the 1970s to the 1990s. We offer these items to you with great respect and with the information we received from the family plus our research.

We named the collection after one of the pieces in the group, a hand carved Zuni fetish necklace honoring the Sacred White Buffalo.


BUFFALO MEDICINE - The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness. Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The Medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.


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.)

 

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