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Early Native American Indian Sterling Silver Turquoise Belt Buckle
For your consideration is this substantial and well made belt buckle. It has tested as sterling silver and the sterling has rich, deep patina. It carries 6 chucks of great turquoise. The turquoise is a pretty blue green ( leaning toward blue) with grey and silver matrix. Although most is more of a blue -- possibly Morenci turquoise with the flecks of pyrite that I see in the matrix. This is just a best guess. The hand tooled design has a great aesthetic. This is a sturdy, well made piece with an impressive weight of 65.9 grams. The construction and design as well as everything else including no maker stamping and patina, we do feel this is an earlier buckle - at least 1950s if not earlier. Most likely Navajo in origin. I have included close ups of the back with may be either tool marks or maker marks. Old pawn jewelry ( and I hate the throwing around of that term) was often hand etched with numbers for inventory purposes so these may or may not be these marks.
The face measures 3 and 1/2 inch by 2 inches.
The buckle is fully functioning with sturdy hardware. All the turquoise in the piece is secure and unmoving. I see a small amount of open area on one edge but believe this is not damage but the configuration of the stone that was used. One stone has a crack across it. Whether this occurred during the making or later , I am unsure - all I can say is the bezel is holding the stone securely into place and it is safe. I have included a close up of these areas.
Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Kids, Color: Early Native American Indian Sterling Silver Turquoise Belt Buckle, Size: large
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