Sterling Silver Overlay and Turquoise Belt Buckle. 2.75" X 1.95". Will accept a belt up to 1.0 wide. 89 Troy Ounces = 27.5 grams.
This is a wonderful Belt Buckle by noted Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer. It is stamped with the Thomas Singer hallmark "TC" on the back of the buckle. This is one of many of his smith marks. According to Barton Wright in "Hallmarks of the Southwest" (page 156), he uses ten or so.Many of his earlier pieces were not signed at all. In terms of size, this considered a Medium sized buckle. As you view the pictures, you will notice that the buckle was just polished. I would date this belt buckle from perhaps the 1990's. There is the ability to use a belt of up to 1.0 with this buckle, and it would work great with blue jeans or almost any set of belt loops. It was made by Tommy in the midpoint of his long career of over half a century of making remarkable Navajo Indian Jewelry. It seems that this has had light use and it was clearly not abused over the past couple of decades.
I've seen and have traded lots of his work and have always enjoyed dealing with his remarkable jewelry. Consider this an opportunity to own an iconic Tommy Singer buckle in very good condition. Tommy was a pioneer in several areas of Native American Indian jewelry. He is famous worldwide for his development of the "Chip Inlay" technique. As a Navajo artist, he is an early adopter and remains a recognized expert in the silver smithing technique of "Silver Overlay".
I personally own several Tommy Singer belt buckles and cuff bracelets for my personal enjoyment and to wear. This is a buckle that you can wear for special occasions and that will be recognized by folks that know their Native Jewelry. If you feel the same magic, read on.. In the 1930's, the University of Northern Arizona helped Hopi silversmiths develop a unique style and technique to differentiate themselves from the Navajos. It involves bonding of two formerly distinct sheets of Sterling Silver and is known as Silver Overlay.
For decades, the Hopi have excelled at this and to some it defines the Hopi Style. Since Tommy Singer's early career in the 1960's, he has worked in Silver Overlay, which was not typical for a Navajo artist at the time. He has won countless awards and is considered a master.
This is a very fine example of his innovative work. Singer was born in 1940.He passed away in the Spring of 2014. He was very active in creating jewelry and was often seen at Indian Fairs, Gem Shows, visiting stores in Gallup and all around Indian Country. His likeness and several of his creations are pictured in "American Indian Jewelry1" by Gregory Schaaf (pages 291-292). Various articles and features about him are in countless books and other publications. He is widely collected and his work appears in museums from The Peabody Museum at Harvard to The University of Colorado. Here is what Tommy Singer had to say when interviewed, I try hard to make different styles and designs of my jewelry... Every piece is made with the meanings from my traditional ways, my father was a silversmith. He taught me to continue this trade. It was my father's dream that I learn to silversmith, so that I continue his belief. As the Navajo say, Walk in beauty! Look forward to doing business with you.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - page 291-292. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: A-L" - Gregory Schaaf.
"HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page - 156. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page 317. "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". The item "Signed TOMMY SINGER Navajo BELT BUCKLE Kingman Turquoise STERLING SILVER Thomas" is in sale since Wednesday, August 1, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
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