Native American Concha Belt Buckle
Several years ago, when the shop here in Valley Ford --the smallest in the state -- was fairly new, an amateur archaeologist customer suggested trading a lot of things he had dug up at the old California settlement of China Camp for something in the shop, I do not even remember what. Amongst the scraps of stuff offered (all the rest of which curiously sold quickly) was this buckle with its simple brass belt-loop. He called it copper, as its dark-red color indicated. But,through the years I have from time to time gently polished the disk to reveal its true silver nature. Hefty and as simple as an ornament can be, it has striking beauty. Approximately two inches in diameter and probably raised from a silver dollar or Spanish piece-of-eight. Approximately 1.40 ox Troy all in, and two inches in diameter.
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