This is a Dead Pawn concho belt by Navajo artist Eric Delgarito. This beautiful piece is created with ten conchos plus the larger buckle all featuring the image of the Eagle crafted in Sterling Silver. The reverse of the belt buckle is signed by Eric noted as D and is stamped Sterling.
Each of the individual conchos measure 2 3/4 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches tall while the belt buckle measures 3 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall. The black leather component of this piece is 44 inches end to end.
Total weight of all conchos, belt buckle and leather is 532.1 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.