Item #895A- Vintage Hopi Bear Paw Silver Overlay Belt Buckle

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Item #895A- Vintage Hopi Bear Paw Silver Overlay Belt Buckle

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Bold vintage Hopi Double Bear Paw silver overlay belt buckle. The silversmith has created a scorched blackened silver base plate with repeat etched texture and overlaid a polished silver plate displaying a large bear paw cut out along with three (3) geometric cutouts, one displaying water waves. The artist continues by adding cutouts displaying a second bear paw inside the pad of the larger bear paw. The silversmith finishes by creating a handmade belt clasp and solid belt set pin on the back.

The belt buckle measures 2” by 3” across and weighs 56 grams (1.98 oz or 1.80 ozt), It’s hallmarked with the Hopi Silvercraft Guild Sunface and a Feather. Not completely sure, but believe the artist was Jacob Poleviyouma Jr (d.1986). A website that shows hallmarks displays the same hallmark and states the artist as Arthur Yowytewa, but Mr Yowytewa hallmark was only a Sunface symbol which is completely different than shown on the site and on this buckle. Either way, this belt buckle is very detailed and well made! $399.95