This is a Dead Pawn concho belt. This beautiful Navajo created concho belt includes twelve conchos plus the larger buckle all featuring wildlife scenes. The belt buckle features Eagles while the image of the Eagle is represented on every other concho. Other animal images on this piece include a Moose, Buffalo, Coyotes, Elk and Bear. The conchos and belt buckle are crafted with Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Overlay. The reverse of the Belt Buckle is signed by the Navajo Artist noted as LL and is stamped Sterling as well as 14K.
Each of the individual conchos measure 2 1/8 inches in diameter and the belt buckle measures 4 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches tall. The brown leather component of this piece is 54 1/2 inches end to end.
Total weight of all conchos, belt buckle and leather is 528.4 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.