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A Navajo tufa-cast silver belt buckle,

circa 1930’s-1940’s

The ideal realization of fine tufa-casting is to produce a piece of great strength yet of delicate beauty at the same time. Only a very talented few silversmiths can combine these opposing traits as the tufa-casting process is so demanding of precision and accuracy and so unforgiving of error. Cast the metal too thin and the piece has no strength, too thick and the beauty is suffocated by clunkiness. This lovely buckle captures this difficult-to-attain contradiction perfectly and elegantly in a classic Navajo bow guard or “Ketoh”-style design.

The buckle measures 3 1/2” in width and 2 5/16” in height and weighs 52 grams or 1 7/8 ounces. It can accommodate a belt of up to 1 3/8” in width. It is in excellent original condition.

Price $525

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