Early 1900's Navajo Bandolier Bag
This is the earliest silver mounted bandolier bag I have offered for sale. With 55 silver buttons and a wonderful heavy sandcast stamped leaf and green turquoise central Ketoh-like design, this is truly an iconic piece of Navajo workmanship. The leather is somewhat dry and has some surface crazing but is still flexible and free of any structural damage. The strap has 25 large 1 3/8" domed and fluted buttons with lovely green Cerrillos turquoise stones attached with early finely hand serrated bezel settings. The sixth star-like buttons at the bottom of the V cut strap show nicely stamped file cut edges and darkened green turquoise due to skin contact. The buttons are attached to the strap with Native tanned deer hide and the bag itself is edge sewn with the same material. The 1/2" to 3/8" high domed silver buttons that edge the front flap are generally plain unstamped silver except for a few near the top which show stamp designs. The bag is flexible enough to be worn on special occasions. Strap is approximately 60" in length including the 5" extensions. The front flap is 9 1/4" x 6". The pouch is smaller at 5" x 7". This is typical for that period. All silver tests as Sterling silver. The central sandcast focal point is typical of the early Ketoh designs, yet missing it's outside rectangular edging. The piece is almost a half inch thick at the center tapering to thinner edges, which are wonderfully textured with neatly chased chisel lines. The center stone is deep green piece of Cerrillos, well housed in its finely serrated bezel and is free of cracks or damage. This is a one of a kind bag!