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Ketoh, Cast, Turquoise, Unusual Leather Tooling, Vintage, Mid-Century, 3156

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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.

This statement-sized vintage ketoh is a wide leather cuff with unique leather tooling (unusual for a ketoh) featuring a cast sterling silver framed openwork design adorned with a central teardrop stone of beautiful blue turquoise set in a simple bezel.

  • affiliation: likely Navajo
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather
  • dimensions: snap to snap 7", width 3 1/8", silver 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"
  • closure: two snaps
  • weight: 116 grams
  • nice vintage condition
  • stone is secure inits setting
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • leather and stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • leather shows wear
  • style number: JB3156
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