This is a Navajo handcrafted dead pawn belt buckle by Arnold Maloney. The belt buckle features a design with Horse and Rider, Buttes and Clouds. All work is Sterling Silver. The belt buckle also incorporates a Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise stone. The belt buckle is signed by Arnold noted as M and is stamped Sterling.
This piece measures 2 7/16 inches from side to side and 3 inches top to bottom. It will hold a belt up to 1 1/2 inches in width. Total weight of this piece is 96.6 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.