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~~~Please pardon my photos! There is no red, rust, or weird oxidation on this piece, it is a reflection onto the bright silver from my patio roof. Your belt buckle is excellent quality, handcrafted sterling silver. ~~~

Oval shaped belt buckle, sterling silvere, made in the traditional Hopi overlay style. Stamped on the back with Hopi silversmith Mark Tawahongva's hallmark.

TAWAHONGVA is known for his clean, sophisticated detail. Hopi overlay is first made by sawing intricately detailed shapes and adhering the cutout to another layer of silver, which is blackened and texturized on the bottom layer to enhance the contrast of the cutout shapes.

❧ This belt buckle features an abstract turtle in the center, surrounded by other traditional design elements.

❧ *Very* sturdy. Weighs about 35 grams.

❧ I have not polished or otherwise altered this buckle since I acquired it. I recommend using a dry silver polishing cloth to avoid depositing silver polish into the blackened areas.

C O N D I T I O N : Some minor surface scratches, natural oxidation

D I M E N S I O N S : 3-1\/4" x 2-3\/8" (75mm x 50mm)

NOTE: This vintage buckle appears to be in very good used condition but is sold as is. I do my best to research and list my vintage items accurately. I'm confident you'll be satisfied, but please consider your purchases carefully as I generally don't accept returns on vintage jewelry.

Vintage HOPI Belt Buckle Mark Tawahongva Overlay Sterling Silver TURTLE Native American


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: silver, sterling, buckle
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 5318 reviews
  • Listed on May 19, 2013