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    Posted 3 months ago

    Garrymcc
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    I am trying to identify the maker, or at least the tribe, of this Silver Inlay with Turquoise belt buckle. I do know it was a gift to a past chief of the Choctaw Nation but I am unable to find out from who. It is 3 1/2" long and 2 1/2" wide. I do not see any hallmark on the buckle. The photos are hard to show the contrast between the silver and the black. It is a floral pattern and the turquoise stone is oval and mounted to the buckle with screws The stone is 1 1/2" X 1" I have found some Zuni buckles that look similar but nothing a true match.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Fabulous buckle, the natural veined turquoise stone is truly awesome
    2. lugnuts, 3 months ago
      It certainly isn't authentic. It looks to me like a China reproduction. Screws? Pretty sure it's not silver either.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      I have this buckle. It was a Christmas gift when I lived in Seattle in the 1980s. As I recall, these were sold as blanks to folks who polished stones and they would insert whatever stone they crafted into the setting which explains the screws. No idea where they were made but, since it was the 1980s, maybe Taiwan or Mexico. Don't think they were made in the US. Agree, there is no silver in this buckle. I think it is probably chromed brass or some base metal.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Not Native American.. I would call it a hobbyist buckle...
    5. Garrymcc, 3 months ago
      Thank you for all the input. I did find a company that sold blanks that looked much like this one

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