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A historic Navajo tufa-cast ingot coin-silver belt buckle

of the finest quality, circa 1910-1920

We’ll just say it straight out; this piece is about as good as these things ever get. It has everything one could ever ask for or want in such a buckle and more--beauty, age, craftsmanship, condition, size, rarity and that intangible quality sometimes referred to as “Zat”, meaning basically that it just radiates greatness. The completely hand-wrought product of a highly-accomplished Navajo master silversmith in the early years of the 20th Century, this large-scale buckle would be a credit to the collection of any museum or serious collector anywhere in the world. 

The tufa-casting here is masterfully done with the perfect combination of strength and delicacy which is the benchmark of outstanding tufa-cast work. The buckle is decorated with superbly-executed and highly-detailed stampwork along most of its surface which artfully creates the feeling of both positive and negative design space. The buckle is further accentuated by two roughly rectangular blue-green turquoise stones set in old-style “foldover” type silver bezels at the top and bottom.

The stones and bezels measure approximately 1/2” by 3/8” each. The hand-forged silver crossbar and tang on the buckle are lovely pieces of work to behold. This large-scale buckle measures 3 5/8” in width and is 2 3/4” in height and is about 1/8” to 3/16” thick. It weighs an impressive 92 grams or 3 1/4 ounces. The buckle is in excellent original condition with a fine, smooth patina from age and use. If you know how good a piece this is, you also know how scarce it is and just how seldom historic pieces of this unparalleled quality ever become available.

Price $4,250

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