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Late 1940's Silver & #8 Spider Web Turquoise Buckle

Mark Chee

About The Late 1940's Silver & #8 Spider Web Turquoise Buckle

Bar and tooth buckles have been around since the 1920's.  It is no accident that many of the early ones are created utilizing the designs and methods of traditional pieces created since the 1880's.

This beautiful buckle was hand crafted from ingot silver by Navajo artist Mark Chee, using the same tools and methods from his beginnings as a silversmith prior to World War II. 

The design is that of a butterfly concho turned on its side, horizontally creating a bow effect.  The silver has been literally sculptured using the techniques of repousse and forging to shape, as well as files, a chisel and hand-made stamps to decorate.  The bezels are also made from rolled ingot--hand cut to fit the naturak sky blue #8 Spider Web stones Mr. Chee shaped for the finishing touch to this superb piece.

Much more rare than his bracelets, there is no finer way to secure a belt than with a buckle like this.  It can be worn well by either a gentleman or a lady.  It will take a 1" wide belt strap, even harness leather thickness.  For one's self or as a gift to someone you want to give a precious hug around the middle, this piece says everything sans the weight of words . . 

For your convenience we would be happy to supply a belt of your choice in the appropriate size and if you wish, antiqued to suit your buckle from $200 - $250.

Savvy Price $3,200.00

Gallery Price $3,600.00

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Bar and tooth buckles have been around since the 1920's.  It is no accident that many of the early ones are created utilizing the designs and methods of traditional pieces created since the 1880's.

This beautiful buckle was hand crafted from ingot silver by Navajo artist Mark Chee, using the same tools and methods from his beginnings as a silversmith prior to World War II. 

The design is that of a butterfly concho turned on its side, horizontally creating a bow effect.  The silver has been literally sculptured using the techniques of repousse and forging to shape, as well as files, a chisel and hand-made stamps to decorate.  The bezels are also made from rolled ingot--hand cut to fit the naturak sky blue #8 Spider Web stones Mr. Chee shaped for the finishing touch to this superb piece.

Much more rare than his bracelets, there is no finer way to secure a belt than with a buckle like this.  It can be worn well by either a gentleman or a lady.  It will take a 1" wide belt strap, even harness leather thickness.  For one's self or as a gift to someone you want to give a precious hug around the middle, this piece says everything sans the weight of words . . 

For your convenience we would be happy to supply a belt of your choice in the appropriate size and if you wish, antiqued to suit your buckle from $200 - $250.

About the Artist "Mark Chee was an important Navajo silversmith in the mid 20th century. He is noted for his heavy silver stampwork jewlery with set stones. However, he also made "remarkably beautiful" sets of silver flatware. Chee worked as a benchsmith for Frank Patania and Al Packard in Santa Fe." The above was excerpted from American Indian Jewelry I 1200 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise
Size 3" length X 1 3/4" height, largest oval stone is 5/8" length X3/8" height.
Signed Mark Chee's thunderbird hallmark with "Chee" written inside
Date of creation Late 1940's
Condition Excellent, with age appropriate patina
Turquoise Natural Blue #8, Spider Web turquoise
Design Butterfly is the symbol of new life, resurrection
Provenance KW WH