Sterling silver belt buckle and cuff links. Stylized monogram WJC on both. Marked on the back with the Thunderbird, and Frank's monogram c 1950's.
Buckle measures 3" by 1" and is 1.24 troy ounces.
Cufflinks measure 13/16" by 9/16" and is 1/2 troy ounce.
Both have use marks from wear.
Frank Patania Sr. (1899-1964) was born in Sicily then moved to the United States. Frank was highly influenced by Native American jewelers as early as 1920. He began working as a jeweler in the United States at age 10 as an apprentice for a goldsmith in New York. He moved out to the West after contracting tuberculosis and began to create jewelry with both turquoise and silver. These materials were new to him, but he quickly became one of the most innovative and skilled jewelers of his time. By 1927 he had opened the first Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe, a name now ubiquitously known for unique and inventive style.
1950's Sterling Belt Buckle Matching Cuff Links by Frank Patania Sr Signed