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Vintage Tommy Singer Concho Belt

$850

Item Number: DR 1317
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Tommy Singer
Medium: Sterling silver, turquoise, leather, and copper
Age: 1960s
Dimensions: Conchos: 1 ¾” X 1”    Buckle: 1 ¾” X 1”     Belt: 43” long

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Description

This beautiful concho belt is stamped with one of Tommy Singer’s earliest hallmarks – a simple T and crescent.  It contains twelve conchos plus an identical buckle, making a total of thirteen. Each concho has been hand stamped with symbolism important to Tommy Singer. He is quoted in Greg Schaaf’s American Indian Jewelry III  as saying “Every piece is made with the various meanings of my traditional way – the Navajo way of living,” (264).

Each concho contains a bright blue turquoise cabochon in the center. Each stone has a gorgeous matrix, and is roughly ½” X 3/8” in size. The conchos slide on the black leather belt to make spacing quite easy. The leather is original to the belt and is 43” in length and is finished with a stamped sterling silver tip. The length can be worn through the holes punched or looped over and tucked under in the Santa Fe style.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a private collection in New Mexico

Additional information

Weight 50 oz