Bracelet, Ketoh, Turquoise, Coin Silver Igot, Vintage, 608
This vintage beauty is a collector’s dream.
The tanned leather cuff features a bold shield of coin silver ingot (circa 1880!), with intricate hand-stamped detailing, centered by a large smooth round stone of natural turquoise in a simple bezel. It’s an eye-catching statement piece that is certain to be a conversation starter!
- affiliation: likely Navajo
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather rawhide
- dimensions: 4 3/4" X 1/2, 2 1/4" diameter
- stone: 6 mm
- closure: rawhide tie
- weight: 173 grams
- condition: nice vintage condition with light oxidation and wear
- style number: JB2608
KETOHS, PRONOUNCED: (GAY-TOHS)
The history of the ketoh goes back to Navajo archers and the bands they wore to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. These stiff leather guards were eventually embellished by Navajo silversmiths with conchos, silver buttons, and turquoise stones. They ceased to be functional archery gear and instead became worn as decorative jewelry. Old ketohs are highly sought after by collectors.