Possibly from the Morenci, Kingman, Ithica Peak, and Turquoise Mountain Mines. 5 Conchos + 7 Butterflies + 1 Belt Buckle. 2.25" X 1.05".Black Leather Belt is 31.75 long and has 5 holes. It is 1.1" - 1.95" wide. It is set up for a waist of about 29" - 32.5" now. It may be modified to accommodate.
A waist of 28" and up to about 32.5" by adding an additional hole. 470.4 grams = 14.46 Troy ounces Total Weight.13+ Troy ounces Metal weight. The back straps are also made from Sterling Silver and not the usual Copper.
Traditional Navajo Tufa Cast Sterling Silver Concho Belt w 13 High Grade Natural Turquoise Stones. Here is a fine old set of Navajo Tufa Cast Sterling Silver Conchas and Butterflies on a high quality Tapered Custom Black leather belt. As you may already know Tufa Casting is a very laborious and even dangerous process of making silver jewelry that was developed late in the 19th century by the Navajo. It is similar to traditional sand casting but uses ancient compressed volcanic ash (Tufa) as the mold in which hot molten Silver is poured.Because of thermal shock it is typical that the Tufa mold can only be used once. After the piece is cooled, the "real work" of filing and polishing begins. Because of the factors mentioned, Navajo Tufa Cast Jewelry is relatively rare and becoming more so all the time. The technique lends a charm to anything produced and is appreciated by knowledgeable collectors of Native Jewelry. This is an iconic Navajo Sterling Silver Concho Belt. It is marked by the maker with an etched hallmark, and it is Not marked "Sterling", but is it guaranteed to be Sterling Silver and authentic. There are a number of Navajo artists that use and have the initials "ES", so I'd only be guessing who put these initials on the back of the Buckle.
As it turns out, most of the Tufa Cast Native jewelry is not signed or hallmarked anyway.. I can not be certain, but I believe that the Turquoise in the Belt buckle is from as many as several different mines.The Morenci Mine here in Southern Arizona is the possible source of the Turquoise cabochon on the Buckle. It has that Morenci signature silver colored Pyrite Matrix. I can best explain the origins of the Turquoise cabochons in the Conchos and Butterflies by the following. According Marty Colbaugh, the owner of the Turquoise Mountain Mine in Mohave County, Arizona. Kingman, Ithaca Peak, and Turquoise Mountain have exactly the same looking materials, as the ore body goes through Ithaca Peak straight through to Turquoise Mountain.
The ore body is the same... These Stones are quite special and offer a variety of interesting experiences. Please, take your time and look at the magnified photos to see what I mean, Wow!I will pack this carefully for you so that the conchos do not rub up against each other in transit and it will get to you in the same condition that you see in the pictures. I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! Recomended Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - page. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: A-L" - Gregory Schaaf- page 40 (Turquoise Mountain).
"HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman ZUNI THE ART AND THE.
PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3 - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume. "INDIAN SILVERWORK OF THE SOUTHWEST, ILLUSTRATED - VOLUME 1" - pages 72-94. This work is for general historical reference on the History of Navajo Conchas and Buckles. The item "X-Lg Navajo CONCHO BELT Tufa Sand Cast Sterling Silver 13 GEM Turquoise!
Buckle" is in sale since Sunday, October 15, 2017. 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, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Uruguay, South africa.