This is a Navajo handcrafted dead pawn belt buckle. This belt buckle is created with Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise and intentionally oxidized Sterling Silver. The edging has a very light Gold overlay. The belt buckle is signed by R and is stamped Sterling.
This piece measures approximately 4 1/8 inches long by 3 1/8 inches tall at the longest and tallest points and can accommodate a belt up to 1 1/2 inches wide. Total weight of this piece is 87.4 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.