Extra Extra Large and Heavy Belt Buckle. With 25 High Grade Kingman Mine Turquoise and 8 Deep Red Mediterranean Coral. 6.1" X 4.2 ". Will accept a belt of up to 1.95. 175.1 grams = 5.63 Troy ounces.
Navajo Jerry Roan Jumbo Sterling Silver Belt Buckle. His Buckle was made by Jerry Roan, a talented Navajo artist using the several techniques to create a very beautiful and Very Large Belt Buckle. Born in 1919, he began making jewelry and using his co-joined "JR" hallmark stamp in 1968. If I understand his biography correctly, in 1969 he won a first place award at the Navajo Tribal Fair.
I assume that he made jewelry long before he got his hallmark stamp! For a time he was a smith for T & R Market. His work is in the Smithsonian.He passed away in 1977. Size aside, it demonstrates the classical traditional style of making a Turquoise and Coral "Cluster Buckle" with Water Drops, Leaf appliques, and lots of great Water Drops, and deep Stamping.
It is very Large and Substantial in weight. As dramatic as the Size and Silver Work is, it is the 25 eye catching Kingman Turquoise and 8 Mediterranean Coral that compete for attention. You may also notice the. Artful Rope Work, Stamp Work, and Leaves around the perimeter. The Buckle is in Very Good condition.
There are no dents, cracks, or noticeable scratches, etc. In the Buckle or the Turquoise and Coral. Take a look with the magnifier on the picture program and you may find evidence of light wear and a deep tarnish patina to show its age of perhaps 4 or 5 decades.I hope you are pleased with what you see... As the Navajo say, "Walk in Beauty". I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - Page. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: A-L" - Page - Page 197. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - Page 145. THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER - Billie Hougart - Page 291. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman. "ZUNI THE ART AND THE PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3" - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume. "KNIFEWING AND RAINBOW MAN IN ZUNI JEWELRY".
For reference only Buckle XXL T&C. The item "6X 4 JERRY ROAN Navajo BELT BUCKLE Sterling Silver with 25 Turquoise & 8 Coral" is in sale since Monday, August 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica.