This great old Native American sterling silver concho belt was made by Herb Coriz, Kewa Pueblo (formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo), New Mexico.
The belt has 20 small conchos along the long strip of leather and the larger belt buckle. Each piece is hand etched with clouds, rain, and a lightening bolt... common symbols of Native American life.
The buckle measures 1 1/2 by 1 1/4 inches. The edge is scalloped and stamped. The smaller oval conchos measure 1 by 3/4 inches.
The leather belt measures 43 inches long. The leather is 1/2 inch wide. There are spaced holes for the buckle from 26.5 to 31 inches.
The back of the buckle is hallmarked CRZ.
Herb Coriz began silversmithing as a very young man. He's now retired but when he was creating bolos and concho belts, he often used silver coins or pure silver ingots as sterling silver materials were not as readily available at that time. These conchos test for sterling. They've been left unpolished with original patina. Excellent vintage condition. Circa 1950s.
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