We have similar Navajo and Stamped items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings : Old pawn pricing mark on the inside of the band, tested, and guaranteed.Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 51.9 grams. Inner circumference, not including the cuff gap: 5.13. Cuff gap adds an additional: 1.37. Total wearable length, including the cuff gap: 6.50. Band width: 1.26" to 1.40". Closure/Clasp Type : The bracelet is meant to be worn over the wrist through the gap. Link Type : Rounded and polished sterling silver.
Handmade during the 1960s by a talented Navajo artisan. Adorning the outside of the band are hand-stamped sunburst and curving geometric motifs.
The rounded design of the bracelet's band was created using the repousse metalworking technique. The inside of the band is smooth and polished for comfortable and secure wear. There is light tarnish on the sterling silver in some areas, which gives the bracelet a lovely antique quality. There is also minor oxidation in some areas. The price has been reduced to reflect this.
This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith.It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. The Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings. Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health.
The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani, in turn, taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans.
In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes. This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure.
Buyers will have 3 base. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Stamped HUGE Cuff Bracelet 51.9g" is in sale since Sunday, November 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Bracelets & Charms". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.