Navajo (Dine') concho belt (can also be used as a necklace)

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Navajo (Dine') concho belt (can also be used as a necklace)

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13 linked silver conches (conches) and 12 linked "butterflies" with matching buckle

circa 28 1/2" long

Buckle: 1 1/2" wide x 1 1/4" high; conches: 1 3/" wide x 3/4" high; "butterflies": 1/4" wide x 1/2" high

circa 1940s-1950s

excellent condition

$850.

 

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Navajo linked silver concho (concha) belts were made for sale from the Depression through the 1950s. In fact, there are still some shops that are making them today. 

This particular belt probably dates from 1940-1950s. There are no hallmarks, which generally were not used  until after World War II.  The belt is made out of sterling silver. Having been made in an era when many women had small waists,  women today wear this style belt as a necklace as well as as a belt. It is lightweight and easy to wear.