1920's-1930's Cuff of Ingot Silver Decorated with Oval Turquoise


Hammer stretched and mill-rolled ingot silver sheet, as well as high- grade blue Nevada turquoise, were used in the creation of this striking cuff.  Decoration was adroitly executed with just three hand-carved steel stamps--an elongated, beaded crescent, a short radiant crescent and feather bundle resembling a squash blossom.

Five (5) graduated, oval cut, dusk blue turquoise are bezel set in a row spanning the entire front width.  These gems are subtley laced with dark matrix and range in size from 9/16" X 3/8" to 7/16" X 5/16". 

Space between and around these settings is filled with the feather bundle/ blossom stamp, leaving remaining surfaces to crescents described.  Aong the cuff edge, file work traces those stamp forms around the row of turquoise--giving added dimension to this attractive piece, made with a few unsophisticated tools.

5 7/8" inside end to end with a 13/16" opening.  Center width is 11/16" tapering to 3/8" at the terminals.

51.8 grams, 1.67 troy ounces 


Artwork details


Navajo/ Diné




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