Frank Patania Sr. (1898-1964) and Thunderbird Shop - Turquoise, Sterling Silver, and Leather Concho Belt and Necklace Set c. 1940-50s (J90206B-0221-003)
- Circa: 1940-50s
The necklace is 71g, 16" long; with a 2.375" x 2" pendant. The belt is 422.7g, with 41" total length, and a bandwidth of 1.375". Fits a 34" to 38" waist. The buckle measures 2.25" x 2.5", and the conchos measure 2" x 2.375", each. Acquired from a private collection in Arizona. The owner purchased the belt from Frank Patania Sr., who had originally made this belt for his eldest daughter, and was reluctant to sell it. The owner used to spend the summers in New Mexico, and would spend time with Frank Patania Sr's. three children throughout the 1960s and '70s. The owner's mother was best friends with Patania's eldest daughter.