Sterling Silver Bear Paw Buckle With Turquoise And Coral Inlay
This vintage southwestern sterling silver belt buckle created in the overlay and chip inlay style was designed with a bear paw design that is inlaid with turquoise and coral.
Surrounding the bear paw design is beautifully executed Native American stamp work.
To create the buckle the silversmith first pierced the sterling to create the design and then they would solder this upper silver plate to a solid back plate which created a depression of the bear paw where they could do the chip inlay work and apply the stamp work.
Many hours of work would go into creating a piece with such fine detail as this one shows.
Hallmarks: Signed with the artists initials of W.C.B. There is no sterling mark but this piece has been tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver.
Size: 2 7/16 by 1 1/2 inches to fit a belt up to 1 inch wide.
Weight: 25.2 grams.
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