It is signed with the C. MTZ hallmark within an arrowhead (see pictures) on the back of the buckle. It is also marked "Sterling". You will notice the subtle color of this masterpiece compared to the shiny character of Sterling Silver buckles that are made from prefabricated sheets of jewelers Sterling. According to Barton Wright in "Hallmarks of the Southwest" (page 232), Calvin was born in 1960 and has been active since the the 1980's.
He has been awarded many top awards. Your research may reveal that Calvin Martinez Ingot Silver jewelry is somewhat limited in supply in the marketplace. The process of making Ingot Hand Wrought Silver Jewelry is time consuming, requires a lot of physical strength, and a high level of skill.I do some trading in Navajo rugs and compare this to the difference between a traditional weaving made of natural wool that is dyed and processed by hand using natural dyes. More contemporary Navajo rugs are woven from store bought wool. It is not the same in process, quality, or value! In terms of size, this Concho Belt is Smaller, but still quite Heavy! It is in very good condition.
Because of the beauty of hand rolled and wrought Ingot Silver, it has the feel and look of an antique phase one or phase two coin silver concho belt. It has a natural and subtle color that is very soft and charming. The New Custom Made Black Leather Belt is.It was custom made by Toyo at Dark Star Leather here in Tucson. Having a custom belt made for a Concho set like this is a bit of an expense and a chore.
You may notice in the pictures that it is thick and snug fitted into the Double Copper Back Straps to assure that the Conchos and Butterflies do not slip around on the belt leather. Rest assured, that has been done. All you need to do to make fit, feel, and look perfect on you (if you are a size 38"-42") waist, is to just put it on and enjoy it. If you have less than a 38 waist, is take it to your local leather or shoe repair shop and have them punch an additional adjustment hole in it. The Custom Black Leather Belt.Will have no problem slipping into the belt loops on your favorite pair of Blue Jeans... Please, take a good look at the pictures and magnified photographs to see if it is the one for you. If so, I'd love to trade with you today! If you have an interest, there are YouTube videos that demonstrate the various steps in working with and creating Ingot Silver Jewelry. There are several videos available for you to see if you search the YouTube sidebar. They are not of Calvin Martinez, but will give you an overview of what is involved in making Ingot Jewelry. But you can find it through Google... As the Navajo say, Walk in beauty!
I will pack this carefully for you so that the conchos do not rub up against each other in transit and it will get to you in the same condition that you see in the pictures. I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - page 232. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: M-Z" - Gregory Schaaf- page 25."HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page 225. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman ZUNI THE ART AND THE. PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3 - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume.
"INDIAN SILVERWORK OF THE SOUTHWEST, ILLUSTRATED - VOLUME 1" - pages 72-94. The item "12ozt CALVIN MARTINEZ Navajo INGOT CONCHO BELT buckle Sterling Silver FITS JEANS" is in sale since Friday, March 19, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants".
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