An unusual and very striking sandcast bracelet. 2 5/8 inches across at the widest point. It is a men's size (almost 6 inches with with a 1 1.5 inch opening). The turquoise is likely form the Fox Mine. $2400 (TUCSON)
The bracelet (hammered ingot silver) at top dates to around 1920-1920s in my opinion. It iis 5/8 inch wide It measures 5.75 inches with a 1 inch opening. $2200. I would hesitate to guess at the origin of the turquoise as it falls at the tail end of the period when high-dome Persian turquoise was being imported and the beginning of the period when American turquoise mines were opening up and the stone being sent to New York to be cut, also high-dome, by folks like Gallup merchant, Jacob Wurzel.
The lower bracelet is probably some what later - late 1920s to early 1930s. 1.25 inches wide, 5.5 inches with an inch and 3/8 opening (so it could be closed down some). Learn more about this bracelet at the bottom of this page. $2100.
A classic concha belt by Ike and Katharine Wilson. An accomplished silversmith, Katharine continued to use their mark long after damage to his eyes forced Ike to quit silversmithing. The spiderweb turquoise is from the Lone Mountain Mine - click for a larger larger of the buckle and concha. The buckle measures roughly 3 by 2.5 inches and the conchas are 2.5 by 2 inches. $2400. (TUCSON)
You don't often see old silver cigarette boxes, but one with a nice piece of coral flanked by natural turquoise from the #8 Mine? !! And I bet you can find any number of other uses for it besides holding cigarettes. $1285. (TUCSON)
The Navajo bracelet above is set with turquoise from the Morenci Mine. 1950s vintage. 3/4 inch wide and made for a small wrist. $675 (SANTA FE)
Below is a bracelet from sometime in the 1930s, beautifully executed and includes the uses of square twist wire. Made for a medium wrist it is just over an inch wide at the widest point. Intriguing is the fact that the silversmith chose to set the trio of square cut turquoise on each side in a single, communal bezel rather than individual bezels. I've recently seen one other bracelet made like this and set with very similar turquoise...almost certainly both were made by the same hand.Though unsigned it matches up on any number of points with several documented pieces by the Peshalkai borthers $1275 (SANTA FE)
Two sets of Navajo salad sets, Circa 1950s. 7 inches long. $675 per set. (SANTA FE)
This Navajo cluster ring has several interesting features as you can see from the images below. It was originally a pin and was converted to use as a ring, but was lead soldered so that the stones did not have to be removed. I'm guesstimating the pin was made in the 1930s or. When it was converted to a ring, the shank was stamped with the date 1946. A high school graduation year? When someone joined or returned from military service? Who knows. And then there is the HJ hallmark - which, upon close inspection shows to have been a homemade stamp. An intriguing piece. 1 5/8 inch long. Set with Blue Gem turquoise. $375.
The earrings were made and are hallmarked by Hopi silversmith Lewis Lomay, who lived and worked in Santa Fe for many years. Before striking out on his own he worked at the famed Patania Thunderbird Shop. 1 inch square. Clips. $300. (SANTA FE)
This Navajo concha belt was pawned, according to the tag, June 27, 1953 by one Charlie Dixon. It was purchased later, out of dead pawn, by the actor Lee Marvin. Documentation signed by his widow, Pamela Marvin, is available with this belt.
The hammered and stampwork Navajo cuff at the left is 1.5 inches across and a medium ladies wrist. $525. The bracelet at left consist of a sandcast overlaid onto a heavy gauge sheet silver cuff with some fine chisel and stampwork. Same width and size as the one to the left. $675. (SANTA FE)
A chip inlay bracelet from the 1970s by Willie Singer. We rarely carry these because they are generally quite light and therefore prone to popping the inlay. This one, however, is a very nice heavy 12 gauge. Just under 1 inch wide. $525. (SANTA FE). The bracelet at right is from the 1930s or so. Set with Blue Gem turquoise, it's just over 1.25 inches wide and $600 (TUCSON)
The bracelet came from a collection which had it listed as 1930-40s. I'm pretty sure it's 1970's vintage though clearly in an older style. Nicely done. 1.5 inches wide and yes, the stone has two small fracture lines. $600. (TUCSON) The sandcast buckle is roughly 40years old. It was made for a 1.25 inch belt. 1 3/4 by 3 1/8 inches. Made by Nellie Tso (1932-2011). $350. (SANTA FE)
The inlaid earrings at left are screwbacks, circa 1960. 5/8 in diameter. $145. (SANTA FE) The cluster pin is just over 1.5 inches across. Ca. 1960s $110. (TUCSON)
This great old bracelet dates to about 1930, plus or minus. It could be early 1900s but considering the provenance we believe a slightly later date is more accurate. 7/8 inches across it fits a medium-small wrist. $875. (TUCSON)
An overlay concha belt by Willie Yazzie Sr. Each concha is 2 inches in diameter. Willie apprenticed at Dean Kirk's store, west of Gallup, working there for roughly ten years (late 1950s-early 1960s) and also demonstrated at Mesa Verde National Park for some twenty years. He died in 1999. $1500 (TUCSON)
An ingot silver buckle made from a concha belt. Circa 1930. Fits a 1 or 1.25 inch belt, but we can have it adapted to any size belt up to 2 inches. the buckle measures just over 3.25 by 4 inches. $675. (SANTA FE)