Late 1930's-early 1940's Horseshoe Buckle of Repousse and Stamped Ingot Silver with #8 Turquoise

Repousse formed, mill rolled and hammer stretched ingot silver was used in the creation of this handsome buckle.  Decorated with stamped designs and further enhanced with file carving along the outer edge, this belt was also set with five  (5) graduated blue spider web #8 turquoise stones. They are well matched and graduated from 1/2" X 3/8", in an arc, down to 5/16" X 1/4".

Purchased from Jon Bonnell (of White Hogan fame) in the early 1970's, this buckle was a package deal accompanied by another buckle.  The other buckle had five #8 blue stones, matching these.  Stamp work and repousse technique were kindred except it was rectangular with a tooth and fixed bar.  The other buckle was signed by Mark Chee.  This horseshoe buckle never had tip or keep.  It did not have a mark either, but it is handsome and has history--a lucky piece ready for new adventures.

It measures 2 1/2" height  X 2 5/8" width.  Will accommodate a 1" to 1 1/16" leather strap.

45.9 grams, 1.47 troy ounces


Artwork details


Navajo/ Diné




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