Two Navajo cluster rings - both in Sanat Fe. The one at left, a size 9 1/2, measures 1 /38 by 1 1/8 inches. 50+ years old $240. The one at right the same size and measures 1 5/8 by 1 1/8 inches and is set with turquoise from the Blue Gem Mine. $375. This 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.
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.
A shadowbox set by Sylvester Santiago (1911-1993), Hopi, of Zuni heritage. For that reason he included a "Z" with his hallmark.. He generally worked with his wife Frieda. $800. (SANTA FE)
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)
These two men's rings (size 8 1/2 at left and 9 at right) were made somewhere in the 1950s-early 60s) Both are 3/4 inch long. $220 each (SANTA FE)
Wolf Robe Hunt (1905-1977) of Acoma made and signed this lovely pin, set with turquoise with multi-level dangles. It measures 3 inches long and 1.75 inches across at the widest point. $525. It was illustrated in the book Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry: Artists, Traders, Guilds, and the Government. The Zuni thunderbird pin is from the late 1950s/early 1960s judging from the India ink price still visible on the back 1 3/8 inch high and 1 1/8 across. It sold for $8.50 back then but is $125 now. A Navajo sandcast pin, set with turquoise is 1.25 inches wide. $160. Circa 1950s. The bird (eagle?) pinset with a small spiderweb turquoise is post WWII. With a wingspan of almost 2.5 inches, it is priced at $125.(TUCSON)
A lovely re-creation of an old style buckle, this one was made by the late, great Harry Morgan, who rose to prominence for his revival of older styles, but each with his own unique artistic eye. 2.75 by 2.25 inches. $450. 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 (BOTH IN 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)
A classic bracelet set with natural turquoise from the Godber's Mine (aka Dry Creek and Burnham). 1940s. 7/8 inch wide. Made for a small wrist: just a little shy of 5.25 inches with a 1 inch opening. $600 (TUCSON) The inlaid earrings at right are screwbacks, circa 1960. 5/8 in diameter. $145. (SANTA FE)
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)
The cluster pin is just over 1.5 inches across. Ca 1960s $110. (TUCSON) The swirl pin set with coral is 1 5/8 inches across and made made in the 1950s or 60s. $150 (SANTA FE)
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)
A 1930s era bracelet set with green turquoise from one of the Nevada Mines. Given the matrix, the Royston or Pilot Mine are likely. 3/4 inch wide. SOLD (SANTA FE)
It's been a good long while since we've had a classic Navajo hatband. This one dates 1930-1940s. 1/2 inch wide. $475. (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. (TUCSON)
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) This pair of unusual and elegant earrings were originally purchased in the late 1950s, an era when innovation of old forms was beginning to get underway. 4 inches long from the very top. SOLD.