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Ketoh, Cast, Turquoise, Pilot Mountain Mine, Vintage ‘60s, 3095

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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 dating back to the 1950s-60s. The wide brown leather cuff is adorned with a bold sandcast silver design that boasts a center stone of turquoise from the Pilot Mountain Mine, set in a simple bezel and framed with twisted rope detail.

  • affiliation: likely Navajo
  • materials: sterling silver, Pilot Mountain turquoise, leather
  • dimensions: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" shield, 9 1/2" x 3 3/4" band
  • closure: leather ties 
  • weight: 124 grams
  • nice vintage condition
  • stone is secure in its settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear from ethnographic use  
  • style: JB3095