Diné of the Navajo Nation Stamped Sterling Silver Ranger Set

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J. P. Begay, Diné Silversmith
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size:
    2-⅛” x 1-¾” buckle;
    Size for ¾” belt width
  • Item # C4499.21
  • Price: $390

This Diné of the Navajo Nation silver ranger set includes the buckle, two belt loops, and a belt tip. The buckle was beautifully formed with a spray of leaf forms. The end of the buckle was beautiful stamped with delicate designs. The elements on the side of the buckle have an Art Deco style. The belt loops and tip were designed with a spread of rays.

Artist Hallmark stamp of J. P. Begay or P. J. Begay, Diné Silversmith

This ranger set is stamped with the name J. P. Begay or P. J. Begay, with the JP initials conjoined. It is also stamped with Sterling. We have been unable to find published information on the artist.

The Navajo ranger set is extraordinarily handsome with an exquisite design concept. You might want to check out the video on how the leather would appear in a ranger belt configuration. It is quite different from the typical leather belt.  These buckle sets take their name from the Texas Rangers who began wearing thicker, sturdier belts to accommodate the heavy Colt pistols they carried on their waists.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Diné of the Navajo Nation Stamped Sterling Silver Ranger Set is from the collection of a client from Oklahoma

Recommended Reading: FINE INDIAN JEWELRY OF THE SOUTHWEST: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection by Shelby Tisdale, Ph.D.

TAGS: Southwest Indian JewelryDiné of the Navajo NationJ. P. Begay, Diné Silversmith

J. P. Begay, Diné Silversmith
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size:
    2-⅛” x 1-¾” buckle;
    Size for ¾” belt width
  • Item # C4499.21
  • Price: $390

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