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  • Somewhat thicker-gauge, Sterling silver, dead-pawn link concho belt with TWENTY-FOUR conchos, by Dene Tsosie Bini. #2066

    $739.00
    There is only 1 item left in stock.

    This is a real treasure.  We've had it ten or twelve years, and acquired it used out of an old trading post's dead-pawn case.  The Drifter's better half wore it a few years before she got disinterested (hopefully, in just the belt!).  This piece is pretty-much what a lot of newbies in this business label "vintage." But we don't need to falsely embellish our wares to sell them, and we know that true vintage Native American jewelry are items made in the '60's and prior—NOT slightly tarnished items made 5, 10, 20 or even 25-years ago.  But I digress.  Not many concho belts have twenty-four conchos.  End-to-end, this beauty is 44.5-inches long—which in most cases allows it to be worn in the traditional manner, with some excess conchos trailing-off the front or the side (it adjusts by fastening the buckle to any of the small round links).  Back when the Dine' (the Navajo) had no currency, the trailing Silver conchos were removed one-by-one to pay for items at the early trading posts or in town—basically an early money belt.  That is why an actual, authentic concho belt should be made from silver—not  'nickel' silver—which contains no silver at all (look it up)!  This baby weighs a very substantial 301-grams, or 10.62-ounces.  The round conchos are 1.25-inches in diameter; the alternating butterfly conchos are 1 and 3/8th's-tall and 7/8th's-inches wide, and the buckle is two-inches wide and al-most 1 and 3/8th's-inches tall.  If you are looking for an authentic concho belt that is both collectible and attractive, and at a very very reasonable price, you may want to give this one your consideration.  It is hallmarked "DTB" on the inside of the buckle.  Complimentary USPS tracked Priority shipping.  Enjoy.

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