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Bracelet, Ketoh, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage, 2517

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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.

Double D Ranch is pleased to offer this vintage ketoh by Southwest silversmith, Wilson Begay. Dating to the ‘70s, the rectangular front panel is cast from 900 silver and measures about3-3/4" x 2-7/8".   Three large turquoise stones are matrixed with dark veining and are set in sawtooth bezels at the center of the open fretwork.  The leather strap is not original to the piece and it measures4" x 10." 

Vintage 1970's

Wilson Begay (Navajo). Active since 1960s. Cast work. He does the silver work and his wife does the lapidary and stone settings.  The stamps are shared with his wife Carolyn Begay. Both worked for Tobe Turpwn’s Indian Trading Company in Gallup NM. Father of Nicole Begay and uncle of Aaron Anderson.

Marks: B; W B (under a hat)

  • artist: Wilson Begay
  • markings: W B (under a hat)
  • materials: 900 sterling silver, turquoise
  • dimensions:  9.5" W x 4.25" H x 0.25" D
  • closure: snaps
  • weight: 142 grams 
  • condition: very nice vintage condition with oxidation and wear, leather has been replaced
  • style number: JB2517
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  • Many of the jewelry items we sell are antique, vintage, and/or pre-owned. We acquire these pieces from dealers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, who work exclusively with Native American jewelry and art. That means they had a life before we found them, and they may show evidence of that previous life; signs of wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, broken stones, etc. We strive to be accurate and transparent in our descriptions of these pieces.

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