Sterling Frog with inlay - Melvin Thompson?


#1

Just rescued this little fellow and am in love with him. Marked “MT” - perhaps Melvin Thompson, Navajo? Any idea of the value or comments on this sweet pendant/pin. Anyone have info on Melvin Thompson? Is that a lightening bolt symbol. His eyes appear to be black onyx. Anyone know what the green stone is?

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#2

Cool little pin! I have a keychain with the same stamped initials “MT”. I, too, would like information on Melvin Thompson and to know if he is still active.


#3

I am not familiar with this artist, but did find this on a google search


#4

Jason - you are simply amazing. I have been looking at Melvin Thompson’s work and it didn’t really look like anything he had done. Mattie T will work and that IS the little critter but mine is prettier. Do you know anything about her? What about the light green stone in the “lightening bolt” - any idea as to the type of stone it might be.

Thank you so much.

JP


#5

The green stone is gaspeite or an imitation gaspeite. She was known more for cluster work. I imagine this is shop work, someone got her to make these silver frogs and then had another artist do the inlay work. I do believe she has passed. I know another silversmith that knew her well, I will ask next time I see him.


#6

Interesting! You really need to pay close attention to the small details. The initials on my keychain look exactly like the one below and are attributed to Melvin Thompson. I now see that Melvin’s “MT” is different Mattie’s “MT”. Thanks Jason!

Any info on Melvin?

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#7

I don’t know Melvin Thompson, sorry.