Item #774M- Vintage Navajo 18pc Decorative Stamped Coin Silver Concho Belt

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Item #774M- Vintage Navajo 18pc Decorative Stamped Coin Silver Concho Belt

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Vintage Navajo eighteen (18) piece coin silver decorative stamped concho belt. The silversmith has hammered out seventeen (17) smaller conchos along with the larger buckle from silver coins and applied with similar or same stamped design. The artist has used the "V" shaped symbol for a Thunderbird in center stamping it twice to create a diamond eye. Then they have used the smooth sided "V" which stands for crops or plants and applied it to each of the four directional paths. The artist then encircles the outer rim with repeating sunrise stampwork. The edges of each concho still shows signs of the coins. The artist has attached copper slides on the back of each coin concho along with copper stationary belt clasp and set pin on the buckle. All mounted to a thick black leather belt.

The concho belt measures 46 1/2" long by 1/2" wide. The buckle measures 1 1/16" tall by 1 1/4" across with each concho being 13/16" tall by 15/16" across. The complete belt weighs 89.7 grams (3.16 ounces or 2.88 troy ounces). It's unsigned coin silver (90% silver), but shows remnants of "IN GOD WE TRUST" (OD WE ST) on the inside of buckle with coin textured sides or edges. Not sure of actual age, but the coins were 90% silver up until 1964 when the government began mixing copper into the coins. I would say this was made pre-50's. It's against the law to deface American currency now. Very nice coin silver concho belt that could be cut as a hatband too!  $474.95