Concho belt age/authentic?

A friend recently acquired this belt trying to figure out its age, authenticity. No markings
…anyone have any input?

Thank You

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Do you mind sending a picture of the backside?

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Hi Jason

A local trader in town named JB Tanner was having these made in the early 1970s. They are made using a hydraulic press, that is why the back looks different. I am including a picture of a handmade one and then another like yours to show you the difference.


This is done using a stamp.


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Thank you, great information.
What do you think an estimated value would be on the belt?

It has gotten expensive to make concho belts and that is always reflected in these older pieces, $1500.

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Jason,

So are these NA (Navajo) made?

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Jason, can you clarify your pricing estimate: do you mean that for the drop-press one in the original post (and in the Tanner types), or the handmade example? (It would surprise me to see that high a dollar amount for a drop-press one.)

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Bringing this one BTTT. Interesting thread. :slightly_smiling_face:

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For the press piece. We have been getting new handmade belts by Roger Skeets Jr. and those are working out to $2250 - $3000 depending on the stone. These belts still have lots of silver and real turquoise, using techniques like a Fred Harvey.

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Oh that’s more generous pricing than I figured. Though yes, the hand-worked good ones do range quite a bit higher.

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@Jason, are the hydraulic press conchos NA (Navajo) made?

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It would be a workshop of Native Americans, you still have to set stones and bezel, polish the piece, add the backings all hand done.

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Thanks Jason. Great information!

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Hey @Jason,

In this thread, you mentioned you were getting new belts by Roger Skeet, Jr. as of October '20. I believe Roger was born in 1933, which would make him around 87 years old at that time. Doing any type of handmade craft at 87 is very impressive. Curious if he is still active today and if he is still able to execute his trademark precision stampwork. I admire his work and happy to hear he is healthy and still going strong.

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This is one we just got back from being buffed, not even on the leather yet. We see him frequently and he is still very active. His sister Annie worked at Richardson’s Trading Company for years and always shared some amazing stories of her and her brother helping their father make jewelry for C.G. Wallace. Annie has passed. I do believe that Jr’s daughter does help him.


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Beautiful belt and great to see that he’s still making

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Thanks @Jason. Wow, his workmanship is still perfect! Between his years of knowledge and experience and being directly tied to the golden years, it must be a thrill to chat with him.

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That is one magnificent piece, the workmanship is really amazing. How fortunate for you to have had this opportunity!

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