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Thoughtfully Engineered Navajo Concho Belt

Wilson Smith

About The Thoughtfully Engineered Navajo Concho Belt

Due to the date of this belt's execution, it was likely made by a descendent of Wilson Smith, a Navajo jeweler born circa 1900l  

This handsome concho belt is like a hug around the waist in silver !  The 2" wide black leather, while providing a dramatic background for 12 elegant sterling silver conchos plus an ample buckle, serves as a comfortable cushion.

Because each silver piece is laced on by means of a 3/4" wide belt strap, the conchos will keep their even spacing.  Though not pierced for wear, holes can be easily made.  The current panel closes at an ideal 39", but arrangements can be made for up to 46" with another wide leather panel.

This belt was made to be worn by a real person and will be comfortable as well as fashionable! 

 

 

Marked Down $875.00

Gallery Price $1,200.00

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Description

Due to the date of this belt's execution, it was likely made by a descendent of Wilson Smith, a Navajo jeweler born circa 1900l  

This handsome concho belt is like a hug around the waist in silver !  The 2" wide black leather, while providing a dramatic background for 12 elegant sterling silver conchos plus an ample buckle, serves as a comfortable cushion.

Because each silver piece is laced on by means of a 3/4" wide belt strap, the conchos will keep their even spacing.  Though not pierced for wear, holes can be easily made.  The current panel closes at an ideal 39", but arrangements can be made for up to 46" with another wide leather panel.

This belt was made to be worn by a real person and will be comfortable as well as fashionable! 

 

 

About the Artist

Born circa 1900, active through 1940, this Navajo silversmith is listed in Gregory Schaaf's book, American Indian Jewelry III:  M-Z. Smith is cited in John Adair's publication Silver Production of the Southwest, a report released in January 1941.

Medium Sterling silver and black leather
Troy ounces 12.49 troy ounces
Size Overall length of belt is 49". Buckle measures 2 3/16" height X 2 9/16". Conchos are each 1 7/8" height X 2 5/8" width.
Signed "Wilson S" on belt buckle verso
Date of creation 1970's
Condition Excellent
Description Sterling silver rolled sheet. Design has been hand-cut with an intricate overall pattern. Depth is achieved with repousse and chisel cut outlines.
Design Decoration is done with hand-cut stamps and chisel marked lines.
Provenance Te Bra
Gram weight 388.4 grams
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