Ketoh Bowgaurd Bracelet on Brown Leather


American Indian Silversmith

Old Sandcast Silver and Turquoise Ketoh bracelet.  Also known as a bowguard, this type of bracelet once had a practical purpose: protecting an archer's forearm from the snap of his bow when released.

This piece shows signs of actual wear, not by an archer per se, but by an American Indian man in this century.

The side of the bracelet are adorned with silver buttons that are die created by hand.  The central motif is traditional sandcast where a piece of sandstone is carved with the design and molten silver is poured into the greased mold.

These parts are then attached to the attractive carmel-brown leather often using copper pins and hardware that turn green with use.  Secured by a leather cord, these bracelets are stunning statements for the wrist.  

Measuring 1 3/4" across by 2 3/4" tall at the central medallion, the leather is 9 3/4" long by 3 3/4" tall.   The buttons are 7/8" in diameter.

Masculine and full of history, George wore this one to the wedding where he first met Ruby.  It caught her eye and she'll never forget it...


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