It is in excellent condition! It is signed with L. NEZ STERLING, the correct early hallmark.
It is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver and authentic. Leonard Nez was born in Holbrook, Arizona in the 1960's and has been active making fine jewelry since the 1980's. He, like so many other Navajo smiths loves to participate in Rodeo event.He is also known to be a quiet and spiritual man who sometimes finds inspiration for his jewelry designs while praying in church. This is a wonderful example of his early work with an early Nez stamp. This may be a great buckle if you collect his work as his more recent style is of very elaborate Overlay work are what is typically found in the marketplace right now. His work is in the Smithonian as well as lots of top galleries. I recall the extensive collection that Twin Rocks Trading in Bluff, Utah had last time I passed through there. It has a very light tarnish on it on each side. This buckle looks to be in unused condition.
There are no dents, cracks, or scratches, etc. In the Buckle or the large oval Kingman Mine Turquoise cabochon. This was made with a very artful stamping and silver forming technique in design and construction.
What a graceful buckle design! This is a Belt Buckle that demonstrates the early artistic expression of Leonard Nez. 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 247. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II "M-Z - pages 85-86.
"HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright. THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER - Billie Hougart. "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 Leonard Nez Buckle. The item "Signed LEONARD NEZ BELT BUCKLE Navajo Kingman Mine Turquoise Sterling Silver WOW" is in sale since Saturday, October 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
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