This rare hand crafted Navajo sterling silver and turquoise concho belt was made by Native American silversmith Kenneth Begay (1813-1977). Begay has been dubbed “Father of Modern Navajo Jewelry,” studying under Fred Peshlakai, who was taught by his father, Slender Maker of Silver, in turn, trained by Atsidi Chon, one of the earliest Navajo silversmiths. Begay had gone on to teach his son Harvey, who has become a well known jeweler. The leather belt is made up of eight beautifully designed sterling conchos with single turquoise stones, and a decorative buckle with two turquoise stones, stamped on verso by the maker and marked “Hand Made Sterling”. The belt fastener is stamped United Carr. The belt is in very good overall condition, with minor imperfections and expected wear, mostly on the leather, from age and use. Dimensions: Each concho measures 1 ½” h x 2 ¾” w, buckle 1 ¾” h x 3 ¼” w, and the leather belt ¾” w. Overall length is 29 ½”.
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