The butterfly is a favorite design seen in early Navajo jewelry, and here Corbet Joe (Navajo) has created a lovely sterling (tested) and turquoise belt buckle that he has hand stamped along the edges. The shadow stamping can be seen in the photos of the back as well as his offset or angled C J hallmark. The buckle measures approximately 3 and 1/4" by 2" and weighs 32 grams on my jewelry scale. The turquoise cabochon is the head of the butterfly whose wings are raised on the buckle as if it were flying. The buckle is a great size and weight, not a "gut cutter" that will take your breath away when you sit or try to ride a horse (I know this from personal experience!). If you love Navajo silversmith work, this vintage buckle from a Maine estate will make a nice accessory to your casual or Western wardrobe.
Reference: Hougart, Bille, "Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks" (167).
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