Originally purchased in the 1940s then handed down to Dogbotz Boneyard co-proprietor Patrick Price, this vintage belt buckle was hand-made and beaded by a Hopi artisan. The buckle frame is covered with tanned deer hide, which serves as a base upon which the beads have been sewn. The seed beads of yellow, black and green form a geometric design of three eight-pointed stars. Braided rawhide frames the outline of the buckle.
The Hopi belt buckle in is wonderful vintage condition, with no loose or missing beads. The leather of the deer hide shows a great patina, which attests to the buckle’s age. The buckle will accommodate a two-inch wide belt.
This classic, beaded Hopi belt buckle dating back to the 1940s would make for a special gift for a collector of belt buckles or of Native American goods.