The book written by Steven Curtis titled, Navajo Silversmith Fred Peshlakai, His Life & Art, has featured this concho belt on the front cover of his book. At one point in his career he opened a shop in Los Angeles and worked there for 20 years. Fred Peshlakai taught Kenneth Begay jewelry making.Peshlakais silver work, designs and his exceptional turquoise stones of the highest quality brought him to the forefront of becoming a great and revered Navajo silversmith. His innovative designs are sought after by collectors all over the world.
There are bracelets but belts are very hard to come by and if you are a collector, this would be a good opportunity to have a Fred Peshlakai belt added to your fine collection. This belt is crafted like a fine piece of jewelry. The belt is not heavy or overpowering.
It has the character of a first phase with its cut out center slots, but his style is so innovative that the silver work has a character all its own. The turquoise stones are so penetrating especially against the patina of the sterling silver.
This is a treasure of fine ingenuity with a subtle smooth design and to be worn as a piece of fine jewelry. The weight of the belt is: 367 grams/12.94 ounces.The buckle is: 3 1/8 inches x 2 6/8 inches. There are 8 conchos (not including the buckle) and the sizes are: 2 15/16 inches x 2 5/8 inches. The belt including the strap is: 33 inches long. Also, on the back of each concho is a 1 inch sterling silver bar for sliding the strap through. Please Note: I have documentation from the very prominent Native American Trading Company validating in writing the authenticity of this belt made by Fred Peshlakai and of course, the above mentioned book. The item "Vintage Fred Peshlakai Navajo Turquoise & Sterling Silver Concho Belt Signed" is in sale since Friday, July 20, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry". The seller is "janetrosemarie" and is located in Winsted, Connecticut. This item can be shipped worldwide.