Nickel Silver Ketoh Bowgaurd Bracelet


American Indian Silversmith

Parade-quality nickel silver bowguard bracelet or Ketoh.  Often show pieces made by Southwestern American Indians used Nickel Silver instead of Sterling Silver due to the weight difference and not needing to polish the nickel.

That is likely the case with this handsome but showy piece.  Ketoh bracelets once had a practical purpose: protecting an archer's forearm from the snap of his bow when released.  But this is obviously a stylized version of that original design.

Set with a high grade natural blue-green piece of turquoise and heavily stamped and decorated surface.

Attached to a supple black leather base and secured with four black leather cords, this bracelet does not appear to have been worn.

Measuring 2 1/2" across by 4" tall at the central medallion, the leather is 10" long by 4 1/4" tall.

George has a collection of Ketohs as it is hard for him to find bracelets that fit is furniture-making wrists.  They are adjustable and comfortable and unique, which fits his personality perfectly.


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