This is a very rare First Phase concho belt dating to approximately 1900. The belt has seven matching conchos. The buckle is stamped on the inside, “U.S. Navajo 40”. The buckle was not originally with the belt an it was common for them to be switched out. The buckle dates post 1937. The inscription, or hallmarks, was implemented by the Indian Arts and Craft Board in 1937 to help combat the use of sheet silver by silversmiths. The number “40” was used by the Fort Wingate Indian School. The original leather backing is still on the conchos but the belt has been replaced. This belt will come with a detailed technical analysis of the piece.
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