This outstanding 453.592 gram signed Navajo sterling silver concho belt was made by Navajo artisan Wilbert Secatero, known for his handcrafted concho belts and buckles. Secatero's distinctive conchos are hand stamped and feature traditional Navajo designs.
This link belt is made from heavy 16 gauge sterling silver and measures 41" in length. The piece is composed of 10 oval domed conchos connected by soldered circular links and has a large shaped buckle fitted with a hook fastener on the back. The nature of the belt makes it adjustable and the hook on the back of the buckle can be attached almost anywhere on the piece. Individuals with smaller waists can fasten the belt in such a way that the extra conchos hang down below the point of closure.
The belt is in very good original condition with no removals or repairs. The conchos measure 2.5" by 1.75" while the buckle is 3.125" by 2.125". As seen in the accompanying photographs, all have clear, crisp detail. There are 11 soldered rings which are 1" in diameter. The silver has a soft, warm original finish and has not been buffed or machine polished. The belt is a substantial piece and weighs in at 1 pound of solid sterling, which is the equivalent of 453.592 grams.
As seen in photo 5, the back of the buckle has been marked with information in black marker which has been preserved under a layer of clear lacquer and is mostly legible. The writing reads "NAVAJO" and ""CROWN PT NM" and "HEAVY 16 GAUGE SILVER". The piece also bears the partially legible name of the artist, "WILBERT SECATERO". The back of the buckle is stamped "WS." for Wilbert Secatero along with the word "Sterling". The "WS. Sterling" mark can be found in two separate places.
This Navajo artisan signed Secatero silver concho link belt displays beautifully and would be a fabulous addition to a collection of fine Native American jewelry. An outstanding and useful piece sure to add a unique touch to your wardrobe.
Vintage Navajo Hand Stamped Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver Link Concho Belt by Wilbert Secatero