Navajo (Dine') concho belt

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Navajo (Dine') concho belt

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hand-made out of silver and turquoise

Buckle plus 9 conchos on leather belt that measures circa 37" long (adjustable).

Buckle: 2 13/16" wide x 2 11/16" high

Each concho is 2 7/16" wide x 2" high

1930s-1959 (originally purchased in 1959)

attributed to Frank Patania Sr.

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The Navajo (Dine') began to work silver in the Mid-Nineteenth century. Learning techniques of silversmithing from the Mexicans, they began to produce beautiful jewelry to wear, including the well-known concho belt (also known as "concha" belt). The form was derived from Ute hair and belt ornaments. The Navajos began adding turquoise to the concho circa 1900-1920.

This particular belt was likely made in the 1930s. It is composed of conchos and is made out of coin silver with repousse', chiseling, stamping, and filing. With an elegant form and simple bezels, it is equally fashionable today as it was when it was made.