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An outstanding large-scale historic Navajo silver

and turquoise belt buckle, c. 1920’s-30’s



Fasten your seatbelts, folks, this buckle is a real doozy. Or, as our great late friend, the renowned Native American Arts dealer, Martha Struever used to say on rare occasions, “That’s a real Honey”. And so it is; this is precisely the type of great old piece you almost never see anymore outside of a few museums and the finest private collections; absolutely knockout appearance, superb and inspired craftsmanship, large scale and perfect, beautifully-aged patina. As they say in the movie business after a particularly good take; “Cut and Print”.


The details of the buckle are quite remarkable and well worth recognizing in detail. The four large complex repousseed or domed lozenge, or snake-like shapes forming a traditional Navajo four-part or “Four Directions” design are perfectly offset by the addition of an opposing four-part design composed of four beautiful old, hand-cut and shaped turquoise stones, three of which were repurposed from even older pump-drilled turquoise earrings for use in the buckle. There is a wealth of very finely stamped decorative designs and accents all over the piece and the final finishing touches are the well made hand-wrought silver tang and crossbar.


The buckle measures an impressive and striking 4” in width and it is 3 1/4” in height. It will accept a belt strap of up to 1 1/4” in width. The buckle weighs 64 grams or 2 1/4 ounces and it is in excellent original condition.


It’s fairly safe to say it will be quite difficult to find a better historic Navajo silver buckle. You might if you are extremely lucky and extremely patient eventually come across an equivalent and different one but not necessarily a better one. Of course, “Better” is always in the eye of the beholder, and we say Behold a masterpiece here.



Price $3,400



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