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Vintage Sterling Silver
Overlay Rabbit Belt Buckle
HK Item #BU154 

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Vintage sterling silver Overlay Rabbit Belt buckle

Size
2 1/4" x 1 1/2"
Fits a 1 1/4" belt
Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Weight
33 grams
Hallmarks
none
Condition
Vintage, pre-owned, excellent, like new; even dark patina
Artist
unknown

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of Native American Indian jewelry
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Vintage sterling silver Overlay Rabbit Belt buckle

Will fit a 1 1/4" wide belt.

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Overlay Rabbit Belt Buckle

#BU154 - $295 SOLD

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

Vintage sterling silver Overlay Rabbit Belt buckle

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.

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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.


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.
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 vintage 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.


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