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Sterling, Tufa Cast Butterfly Style Buckle

Gerald Bitsie

About The Sterling, Tufa Cast Butterfly Style Buckle

Sterling silver was smelted and poured into a traditional "butterfly" open work form, carved into a block of tufa stone.  The carved piece was attached with steel wire to a plain piece (for a smooth back) before the molten silver was poured.

Careful filing and hand finishing with sand papers and buffing tools followed. Creation of a swivel bar and "tooth" were accomplished with heavy gauge drawn wire and hammered sheet--made from ingot.  These attachments are sturdy.  Hard solder was used to apply the bar and tooth.  Line details are stamped by hand.

 It is a difficult pour, in that an open form and sytem like this, allows the silver to cool even more quickly, increasing the possibility of incomplete areas.

Savvy Price $395.00

Gallery Price $450.00

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Description

Sterling silver was smelted and poured into a traditional "butterfly" open work form, carved into a block of tufa stone.  The carved piece was attached with steel wire to a plain piece (for a smooth back) before the molten silver was poured.

Careful filing and hand finishing with sand papers and buffing tools followed. Creation of a swivel bar and "tooth" were accomplished with heavy gauge drawn wire and hammered sheet--made from ingot.  These attachments are sturdy.  Hard solder was used to apply the bar and tooth.  Line details are stamped by hand.

 It is a difficult pour, in that an open form and sytem like this, allows the silver to cool even more quickly, increasing the possibility of incomplete areas.

About the Artist 20th century Navajo jeweler whose jewelry was sold through The White Hogan in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Mr. Bitsie was believed to have died prior to the year 2000.
Culture American Indian, Navajo
Medium Sterling silver
Troy ounces 2.67 troy ounces
Size Overall 3 7/8" length X 2 5/8" height. Bar will accommodate a 1 1/2" strap.
Signed Stamped "G B" on verso
Date of creation 1970's
Condition Excellent
Design This handsome buckle is based on a design as old as silver work created by American Indian artists in the late 1800's.
Provenance Jo Re
Gram weight 82.9 grams
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