Hello! I just posted some pictures of a ring in the “Identifying & Discovering” category. I’m hoping to find out who made it. Thanks in advance for any help, and as I stated in the title, I’m very glad to have found the forum. michdesertrat (Howie)
Hello, I was hoping you could help me identify some pieces I recently purchased. I purchased a “lot” of Native American signed pieces. Can’t find these marks in my usual search places. Some of these pieces have paper tags but I can’t verify if the artist id’s are correct. I’m pretty sure these are Navajo pieces.
1st pic all have same block style HT pic 2
pic 3 - pieces have block style BT pic 4
Pics 5 - 7 pieces have HB (B comes off of the H - H side and B back are same line)
Any help much appreciated.
Hello, all of these pieces look new? Did you get any information with the purchase? Thanks for sharing.
Hi Jason, Most of the pieces I’ve polished with a polish cloth. Purchased from a lady that works at our local clock repair shop. She purchased an even larger lot and these were what she still had and no longer wanted. She purchased out west somewhere. I thought they were purchased in the 1970’s - but could be wrong. I might call her to glean some more info. At the times I purchased these, she didn’t know anything about the artists. But do you recognize any of the marks? Some of the pieces came with paper tags but I wanted to verify the id’s if I could. Thanks for your time.
The chip inlay would make sense from the 1970s because that is when it became popular. Thomas Singer is credited with the invention and had a workshop in the Holbrook area that had several silversmiths working, do not know this hallmark. The pendant with the silver bracelet appears to be Chinese turquoise, usually not associated with Navajo silver until after 80s, this has a contemporary look. The malachite and onyx also appear to be newer works, both hallmarks end in a T and styles are very similar, same family? Not sure about the silver bracelet, is it cast or stamp work?
Jason, You have been so kind sharing your knowledge. Thanks.
My husband (the jeweler) says the silver bracelet is not cast.
As I mentioned earlier these pieces did have paper tags but I was trying to verify the names as I did not know who tagged them and I could not find the names anywhere in my usual search spots.
The HB pieces eagle and chip brac. said Henry Begay.
The silver brac. and Pend. Brough Tsosie,
The Onyx,Green Tour.,&Malacite Herbert Tsosie
In your opinion Am I safe to represent the pieces as done by these artists?
Love your site and the forum
If that is the information you have I would represent the work as that. It is so difficult to determine who the silversmith was for some pieces because of the numerous silversmiths. The pieces look Navajo and you have some names. thanks for sharing.