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Belt, A Vintage, Buckle, Inlay, Horse Profile, Dan Simplicio, Attribution, Vintage Mid-Century, 282

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A great old buckle attributed with confidence to Dan Simplicio with one of his most gorgeous black horse heads perfectly inlaid into white mother of pearl shell set on a plaque in the center. There are four beautiful old stones, one on each corner, in a luminous green turquoise color. The background is done with one of his typical stamps which has a cloud like appearance and the frame is stamped with a simple stamp he used on other pieces, too. The horse has a finely shaped head and muzzle with a flowing forelock and inlaid silver for his bridle, reins and collar. The plaque and turquoise are all set with his scalloped bezels and it's a gorgeous buckle with the original static runner.

Dan Simplicio (1917-1969; Zuni). Active 1920s-1969. Traditional; cluster work; leaf applique; decorated teardrops; channel inlay; casting; stamp work; jewelry, hollow-ware; silver, golf; turquoise and coral nuggets or twigs. Works in nugget-style in the 1940s with C. G. Wallace at Zuni, and later with John Kennedy at the Gallup Indian Trading Company. Nephew of Juan de Dios who taught silversmithing to Simplicio. 

Marks: D S and five point star; five point star (star stamp used in the late 1960s)

  • artist: Dan Simplicio 
  • affiliation: Zuni 
  • hallmarks: unmarked but attributed with confidence to Dan Simplicio
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, mother of pearl, onyx, vintage strap
  • dimensions: 3" x 2 1/2" buckle
  • weight: 74 grams (buckle only)
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  •  no stone chips or hairline fractures, minor matrix loss
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age 
  • silver has a nice patina
  • style: Belt282
as sample

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