We have similar Buckle and Hopi items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L.
Markings: Marked "STERLING" with an unidentified makers mark on the back of the belt buckle, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Hopi Nation. Gram Weight: 42.5 Grams. Item Measurements: The belt buckle measures 2.83" in length and 2.72" wide. The space in the back of the tip into which the belt would be fed measures 1.50" long by 1.14" wide.Collectible Type: Ranger Belt Buckle. Men's or Women's: Unisex.
This lovely item was handcrafted by a Hopi artisan and was made using the repousse technique. This item is fairly tarnished in the low relief portions of the item, which is to be expected of an item this age.
The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find.
This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today.
The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. The members of the Hopi nation are the oldest continuous inhabitants of Arizona and are known for their beautiful jewelry made of sterling silver.Prior to first contact with Spanish colonialists and explorers, Hopi jewelry was made from carved stones, shell, bone, and wood which not only served as decoration or ornamentation but as religious and spiritual objects as well. Historians believe that Sikyatala of Walpi was the first member of the Hopi nation to learn the art of silversmithing, which he in turn introduced to the early Hopi silversmiths. Initially, Hopi jewelry was similar in design to pieces being created by the Navajo and Zuni and was commonly made out of recycled shell casings and copper wire. It wasnt until after World War II that Hopi silversmiths developed their own distinct style utilizing a technique known as overlay. This technique was combined with ancient cultural symbolism and beliefs to create beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry that are highly sought after.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast.
Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure.The item "Vintage Native Sterling Silver Hopi Pawn Unisex Repousse HUGE Ranger Belt Buckle" is in sale since Sunday, April 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.