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Vintage Copper and Leather Concho
Buckle is 1 3/4" x 1 1/2".
Paula says - "This vintage copper concho belt is made of 20 stamped oval conchos and buckle on 45-inch leather belt. In excellent vintage condition."
20 oval conchos are 7/8" x 3/4" on 1/2" wide leather belt that is 45" long.
About Copper - Copper is a pure elemental metal, CU on the periodic table. It is reddish brown and is soft enough so that it is malleable which means you can shape and bend it fairly easily. Copper oxidizes and darkens when it comes in contact with the air in the environment. There are many who swear by the health benefits of wearing copper (copper bracelet manufacturers) while others have the opposite viewpoint. Read more about copper . . .
Concho Belt - The word concho comes from the Spanish "concha" which actually means "conch" or "seashell" but has come to mean round or oval disks (occasionally rectangles) of silver used to decorate saddles, bridles, clothing, used as jewelry such as for pendants and bolo ties and for adorning or making belts. Concho belts are a long-time Navajo tradition yet it has been suggested that the Navajo borrowed conchos from Mexican tack items or from the Plains Indians. Read more . . .
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