This vintage concho belt is attributed to Carlos White Eagle. The concho measure 4 1/2" x 4". There are a total of eight concho including the belt buckle, which is a concho with a hook added. The Stormy Mountain turquoise center stone measures 1" x 1/2". Some of the stones are cracked but they are secure in their setting. Tested as sterling silver. Weight is 923.6 grams. The belt is extremely wearable. Because of the large and generous length of the concho, when worn this belt is visually solid silver. It is a very attractive piece and quite striking. The belt is stamped with such individual style associated with any piece by Carlos White Eagle. Carlos White Eagle was a Mescalero Apache who began his career as a silversmith under the tutelage of legendary Navajo artisan Fred Peshlakai. He began making jewelry in the early 1940’s and worked with some the best silversmiths of his time. He went on to bring the best jewelry of its time to the rich and famous, from the Roosevelts to President Eisenhower to Elvis Presley and Cher. I purchased this belt from his good friend Irene who worked at Ortega's Capistrano Trading Post. Unfortunately the belt is not signed as is common with Native American artisans but Carlos White Eagle verbally confirmed that he made this belt.
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