Garcia Slotted Silver Conchos
Hand made in the USA, sterling silver slotted Conchos
Slotted Conchos 1 1/2″
Scalloped, smooth edge or partial scallop
FOR CUSTOMIZATION PLEASE CONTACT THE STORE FOR AVAILABLE OPTIONS
All in-stock slotted Conchos will ship out according to edge ordered not engraving style.
Silversmith and designer Jon Peters for Garcia Elko Nevada
From the days of early horseback warriors with painted symbols on their mounts, through the era of elaborately armored knights mounted on gallant war horses, and all the way to modern-day horsemen on the ranch and in the arena, the ornamentation of tack and steed is a timeless tradition passed down through the ages.
The conquistadors that first came to North America adorned themselves, their horses and gear with the riches of the old country. As the new empire expanded with the passing decades, not only was raw precious metal harder to come by, but craftsmen skilled in the art of metalsmithing were few and far between. Accordingly, the high quality work of a skilled metalsmith was highly valued, and owning and wearing silver work became a revered status symbol.
The word “conchos” is derived from concha, which is Spanish for “shell.” Seashells were used for decoration and ceremony by some native tribes in North America, so it’s easy to see why the large, ornately carved silver pieces that decorated the tack of wealthy Spanish Californians came to be known as conchos.
Today’s horsemen have a multitude of options for embellishing gear and accessories. Silver buckles, tips, and conchos can be added to almost anything, from headstalls to ladies’ purses for a touch of eye-catching elegance.