From left to right: a sandcast pin from the Coan family, 1960s. 2 3/8 inch long. SOLD. A Zuni inlay pin also from the 1960s. 1.25 inches in diameter. $125. Navajo overlay pin set with turquoise, 1960s-early 1970s, 1 3/8 inch across. SOLD . Navajo sandcast pin from the 1950s, in a classic form, with turquoise from Nevada (possibly Lone Mountain) Just over 2 by 1 inch $145. A great sandcast pin from the 1940s. Just over 2.5 inches long and set with turquoise. $135. (ALL IN TUCSON)
This Navajo concha belt (circa 194os) was once owned by the famed Kewa Pueblo mosaic jewelry artist Angie Reano Owens. It was later sold to a collector from Europe. Each concha measure 2.25 by 2.75 inches. $2400. (TUCSON)
Information on both these wonderful necklaces is on our Squash Blossom Necklace page. The one at left has the name of the previous owned scratched on the back: Reyes S Toya. A potter at Jemez Pueblo, she was born April 16 1907 and passed away November 10, 2003. This was sold by her or her family sometime around the 1980s as that is when the subsequent owner purchased it.
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 made even better by the fact that the judges were top notch silversmiths: the late Andy Lee Kirk of Laguna and the late Gibson Nez. $900 (TUCSON)
A trio of nice old bracelets. They fit a very small wrist: 4.75 inches with a 3/4 inch opening. From left to right: 1920-1930, rolled ingot. SOLD. 1880-1910 hammered ingot (and shiny because it was the one worn most often) SOLD. 1900-1920, rolled ingot. This one is of especial interest as the owner’s name was scratched inside: ELLE. $350 (ALL IN 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) Ramon Platero made this bracelet sometime in the 1950s. Rocker engraved “R Platero”, and set with what appears to be Morenci turquoise. 1.75 inches across at the widest point and made for a medium wrist. The bezel is fascinating: it is made from looped silver wire.SOLD (SANTA FE)
The sandcast buckle dates around the late 1940s. 3.75 by 2 3/8 inches. $600. (SANTA FE) A turquoise inlaid bracelet by one of the Quandelacy family. Given when it was first purchased (early 1960s) we think it might be by Ellen Quandelacy. 7/8 inc wide. made for a smallish wrist. SOLD. The ring, probably from the 1940s, is currently a size 5 (sizable) and 1.5 inches long. SOLD The bracelet set with 7 Blue Gem turquoise was made around 1970. Made for a small wrist and 2 inches wide. $525. ( TUCSON)
The stamp work pin is just over 2 inches across and from the 1940s. $240. (SANTA FE) The three natural spiderweb turquoise in this ring are from the #8 Mine, 1 3/8 inch long. Size 7. (SOLD) (TUCSON) A Navajo ring from the 1940s, set with very fine spiderweb turquoise from the #8 Mine. (SOLD) Size 6. $240. (SANTA FE) This Navajo overlay ring is set with what appears to be spiderweb turquoise from the Lone Mountain Mine. 1.5 inches long, it is set on classic nice three-split shank with silver drops. $180.
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. SOLD. 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. $2200.
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. The one at far left was made around the 1950s-60s and set with with a very nice turquoise from the Blue Gem Mine. 2 inches across and fits a medium/small wrist. SOLD. (TUCSON)
Below left 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)
The buckle -obviously signed KEE- is set with turquoise from the Blue Gem Mine and we believe is post-WWII and, judging from the buckle back, 1960s despite looking much older. Clearly a well-loved buckle. If you click on the far right image you’ll see that the original rivets wore out and were replaced with machine screws. Made for a1 1/4 inch belt. it measures 3 by 2 3/8 inches. $485. (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 Navajo overlay cuff from the 1950s-60s. 1.5inches wide and made for a small ladies wrist. $450.
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 SOLD (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) A Navajo overlay buckle from the 1950s-60. 2 1/8 by 3 1/8 inches. $220. (TUCSON)