1950's Sublime Sterling Ingot Cuff by Kenneth Begay (1913-1977)
Sterling silver weighing 95 grams, 3.05 troy ounces, KB is stamped on the cuff's interior. White Hogan symbol as well as Sterling and Hand Made also are stamped on its interior.
Begay made this cuff in the 1950s. Inside end to end is 5 3/4 inches with a 1 inch opening. Cuff width is 1 3/4 inches.
Timeless drama ! To work ingot into a cuff of this weight requires hammer stretching and multiple passes through a hand-cranked rolling mill. Each time the silver is worked to a point of hardness, when it ceases to be malleable, it has to be annealed. Moving silver into the exacting forms Mr. Begay coaxed out of ingot material, required over 200 full and area specific heats, taking time, patience and finesse. Three low profile pyramidal forms were raised and shaped using the repousse technique. Cruciform definition was achieved with a steel chisel edge, from the inside back, as the repousse progressed. Each form was made without a die guide and subsequently reinforced with smelted silver where the chisel was used.
Kenneth Begay (1913-1977) Navajo, often called the father of modern Navajo jewelry
H 2IN x W 6IN
H 5.08CM x W 15.24CM