Vintage, A. Vanderver Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Concho Belt

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This is a Navajo Native American Indian sterling silver, turquoise and gold filled concho belt made by Anthony Vandever. The belt features 11 conchos and spacers made from solid sterling silver. Each piece shows intricately tooled leaf and scroll work set with a Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon as well as an inlaid design composed of turquoise, coral, onyx and Mother of Pearl.  The spacers are gold scrolled leaves with a Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon in the center wth a saw tooth bezel.  The back of the buckle is marked "Sterling 1/20 12K GE" and is signed by the artist "A. Vanderver". Anthony Vandever was a Navajo silversmith who created jewelry exclusively for the Atkinson Trading Co. in New Mexico in the early 1970's. The stamp used to sign the artist's work was inadvertently misspelled and went unnoticed for a number of years. This is one of Vandever's earlier pieces.

The concho belt weighs 10.01 ounces, and measures 37" long, with each concho measuring 2" wide.

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