Navajo Bow Guard - Ketoh - Tufa Cast Sterling Silver *Fidel Bahe - Navajo*

Navajo Bow Guard - Ketoh - Tufa Cast Sterling Silver *Fidel Bahe - Navajo*


Maker: Hallmarked, Fidel Bahe (award winning artist - Navajo).

Approx. Age: Fairly Contemporary.

Size: The Inside circumference measures just over 8 1/4 inches and it is somewhat adjustable. It is 4 1/2 inches wide.  Weighs 241.0 g.

Condition: Good.

Additional Info:  Ketoh is the Navajo word for Bow Guard (arm guard). These were originally worn to protect the archer from the snap of the bow string when shooting a bow and arrow. Today they are worn as a fashion piece, just like a bracelet.  It is a Tufa Cast handmade item and has a great piece of high-grade turquoise (possibly #8 but only God and the miner truly know for sure). It is marked as Sterling (.925) silver. 

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"Old Pawn" on the other hand, traditionally referred to the personal jewelry certain Natives used to leave on "Pawn" with the trading post "back in the day." This was their personal jewelry and therefore thought of as being of higher quality. On some occasions, the person lost this jewelry for non-payment. Then buyers would come in looking for some of that "old pawn" jewelry (because they thought it was made better than the stuff made for the tourists). However, the words "old pawn" are often now interchange with "dead pawn" or just "pawn." The word "pawn" does not describe the age of a piece. 

At Western Trading Post, when we use the terms “pawn” or “dead pawn,” it simply means the item has come out of pawn at some point. If we say "old pawn," it means an older item which has come out of pawn at some point. We try to describe the approx. age of a piece using words like contemporary (1980s to now) or “vintage” (1970s and 60s) or “old” (1950s or earlier and “antique” (approaching 100 years old, circa 1920s or earlier). 

Western Trading Post is family owned and operated. Located in Arizona just north of the Tohono O'odham (Papago Indians), just south of the Akimel O'odham (Pima Indians), just east of the Ak-Chin O'odham (branch of Pima Indians) and only a short driving distance from the Apache (N'dee), Navajo (Dine'), Zuni, Hopi, Yavapai, Mojave, and Hualapai Indians. We specialize in Native American Indian and Cowboy items. Items listed here may also be available in our store, therefore we reserve the right to end an auction at any time. 

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