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NOS Vintage Hopi - Sterling Silver
Overlay Bear Paw Belt Buckle
HK Item #BU129 

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Authentic Vintage NOS Hopi sterling silver Overlay Bear Paw belt buckle by Lawrence Saufkie

size
2 7/8 " x 1 7/8"
Fits a 1 3/8" belt
material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
weight
55 grams
hallmarks
STERLING
a bear
SAUFKIE
condition
artist
Lawrence Saufkie, Hopi

(1935-2011, multiple award winner)

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of Native American Indian jewelry
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Authentic Vintage NOS Hopi sterling silver Overlay Bear Paw belt buckle by Lawrence Saufkie

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Lawrence Saufkie, Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
NOS Vintage Bear Paw Belt Buckle

#BU129 - $795 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "This buckle was purchased in the 1970s and kept in a display case, never used - it is NOS, New Old Stock - brand new vintage!

"We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth."

Authentic Vintage NOS Hopi sterling silver Overlay Bear Paw belt buckle by Lawrence Saufkie

Authentic Vintage NOS Hopi sterling silver Overlay Bear Paw belt buckle by Lawrence Saufkie

Will fit up ;to a 1" wide belt.

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.

The Buckle Guy Collection

The Buckle Guy Collection is self-explanatory. The discriminating owner of this group of vintage buckles gathered them over a period of 30-40 years, storing them in a showcase. They have never been used and are some of the finest buckles we have come across.

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.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewerly and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe 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.

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 by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even NOS.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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