A rather unusual small table setting (ranging from 5 3/8 to 5 7/8 inches. Made by Marcus Lomayestewa. Very cool in that it not only comes with a ribbon that establishes the year it was made, but the judges were top notch silversmiths: the late Andy Lee Kirk of Laguna and the late Gibson Nez. $900 (SANTA FE
A Navajo cluster bracelet set with what I think is Kingman turquoise. 1960-70s. 1.75 inches across and a medium size. $825.The bracelet in the middle is set with either Royston or, more probably, Blue Gem turquoise.. 1950s. 1 5/8 inches across. $1275.The bracelet at far right is from around 1940. It has been repaired but is structurally sound. 1 3/8 inches across at the widest spot. Made for a small wrist. $220. (SANTA FE)
A Navajo channel work turquoise bracelet - 1950-60s. Just under 1 inch wide. 5.75 inches with a 1.25 inch opening. $1275. A GROUPING OF VINTAGE PINS: A 1960S Turtle pin set with Morenci turquoise 2 inches long. $80The double bird pin is actually a Victory pin - a briefly very popular pin amde at the end of WWII. 1.5 inches across. $150 The 60s roadrunner is 1.75 inches across and $48. The bar pin (2.75 inches long) was cut from a larger bracelet blank and adapted as a pin.1920s-30s. $150. The tiny thunderbird pin is from the same time period. $36. At bottom is a sweater guard, circa 1950s-early 60s. $68.
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 from the Fox Mine. $2400 (TUCSON) The sandcast buckle dates around the late 1940s. 3.75 by 2 3/8 inches. $600 (SANTA FE)
The turtle pin is from the 1960s and set with turquoise from the Morenci Mine. 2 inches long. $80. The ring is set with Lone Mountain spiderweb turquoise and is a size 6 1/2 and 1.75 inches long. $425. The stampwork pin is just over 2 inches across and from the 1940s. $240. (SANTA FE)
The bracelet (hammered ingot silver) at left 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 bracelet at right 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. SOLD. (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. $675The overlay buckle was probably made in the 1960s and is signed by Willie Coin Sr. 2 by 3 inches and made for a 1 1/2 inch belt. SOLD. (SANTA FE)
Below is a bracelet from sometime in the 1930s, beautifully executed and includes the use 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 brothers $1275 (SANTA FE)
Two sets of Navajo salad sets, Circa 1950s. 7 inches long. $675 per set. (SANTA FE and TUCSON)
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. SOLD. (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). SOLD. (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)