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Belt, A Buckle, Inlay, Horse Profile, Hallmark, Vintage ‘60s, 345


This impossible-to-ignore buckle was crafted by renowned Zuni husband and wife, Helen and Lincoln Zunie; their work is highly coveted and collectible. The impressive horse head is made with jet, natural turquoise and seemingly marble, set in heavy silver. The artists added dimensionality to the eye and texture to the surface with silver wire twists. The strap is a dark brown leather with traditional tooling.

Lincoln Zunie (1938-1983, Zuni). Active 1960s-1970s. Channel inlay; figural inlay, often horse or cow motifs.  Father of Patty Zunie Edaakie. Brother of Joe and William Zunie. Lincoln Zunie shared the stamp with his wife Helen Zunie (d). 

  • Helen and Lincoln Zunie were master silversmiths specializing in pictorial inlay work.


Helen Zunie (? - 2008; Zuni). Active 1960s - 1970s. Channel inlay, figural inlay, often horse or cow motifs. Helen Zunie shared the stamp with her husband, Lincoln Zunie.

Mark: H - L  ZUNIE

  • artist: Lincoln & Helen Zunie
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: H-L-ZUNIE
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, zebra agate, onyx, leather strap
  • buckle: 21/2” x 3 ½”
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • wear from use
  • style number: Belt-345
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