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An outstanding vintage Cochiti Pueblo silver Concho belt

by David Taliman, Santa Fe, New Mexico, circa 1940’s-1950’s

The very talented Cochiti Pueblo-born silversmith, David Taliman (1902-1967), began his silversmithing career as an apprentice to the famed Navajo silversmith, Fred Peshlakai, in California in the 1930’s. Taliman subsequently returned to New Mexico where he worked as a benchsmith in various shops such as Maisel’s in Albuquerque and Julius Gans’ “Southwest Arts and Crafts” in Santa Fe where he worked alongside such luminaries as Mark Chee and Ambrose and Sam Roanhorse before becoming independent in the late 1940’s.

This gorgeous belt is composed of eight large, rectangularly- shaped silver conchos each of which measures approximately

3 1/8” in width and 2” in height. A slightly larger (3 1/8” width by 2 1/4” height) matching rectangularly-shaped silver buckle completes the belt. All eight silver conchos and the silver buckle have beautifully-executed, perfectly-matched stamped, chiseled and repousseed designs with a distinctly modernist sensibility, spare and extremely elegant at the same time.

The belt measures 40” from end to end and currently has holes to fits a 31-36” waist although more holes could easily be added to accommodate somewhat larger or smaller sizes. The black leather appears to be original and it is in excellent condition. The belt and leather together weigh a substantial 341 grams or 12 ounces.

The eight silver conchos and silver buckle are all in excellent original condition with a fine soft patina from age and use.

The belt is properly signed “D. Taliman” in the artist’s characteristic signature on the back of the buckle. This outstanding Concho belt would be equally impressive worn casually with an old t-shirt and jeans or over an elegant long black evening dress at a more formal occasion.

Price $3,450

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