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An exceptional George Kee/White Hogan Shop Navajo

sterling silver and desert ironwood belt buckle, circa 1950’s

If you are a Cowboy or a rodeo rider or simply a western or other horse-riding enthusiast or have one in your life, this is a unique opportunity to make that person very happy and in your debt forever. This beautiful belt buckle was made by the very talented Navajo silversmith, George Kee, cousin of and apprentice to the brilliant Navajo jeweler and teacher, Kenneth Begay, who operated the White Hogan Shop’s silversmithing program in Scottsdale, Arizona for many years. George Kee, along with his brothers, Allan and Ivan created many of the most beautiful modernist silver designs the White Hogan Shop was so justifiably renowned for and this wonderfully-crafted buckle is no exception.

The body of the buckle is crafted out of subtly-beveled, asymmetrical sterling silver with a large inset oval panel of deep brown desert ironwood which is itself inlaid in the center with a unique stirrup and “tapadero” (A Western riding style leather stirrup cover) design also created of sterling silver in a gorgeous combination of inlay upon inlay. The buckle measures 3 1/8” in width and 1 5/8” in height and weighs 57 grams or 1 3/4 ounces. It is in excellent original condition with a few minor scratches and nicks and is properly signed “GK” on the back and is also marked with The White Hogan Shop’s Hogan insignia and “Sterling” and “Handmade”.

Price $975

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