This is a listing for an early century antique Navajo cuff hand wrought from ingot silver and set with a beautiful turquoise stone from the Cerrillos mine in New Mexico. The bracelet was made in the same era as early Fred Peshlaki work, but is not signed. The workmanship is as good as his and reflects the very best Navajo jewelry from that era. There is no damage to this cuff. The stone is in perfect condition with no chips or cracks.The same can be said of the silver. No splits, cracks or repairs, with an excellent shape and beautiful warm patina.
The bracelet was wrought using ingot silver and the surface signs of this process are easily seen on the back. It was chisel split into 3 ribs that were spread to support the length of the stone and it's mounting. The inside measurement of the cuff, not including the gap, is 5 and 7/8th inches.
The gap measures 1 and 1/16th inches for a total wearing length of 6 and 15/16th inches. It weighs a sturdy 55 grams. There is a slight flexibility inherent in the silver but I do not consider this piece to be adjustable. The stone and it's mounting measures 1.5 inches in length and 7/8th inches in width. The turquoise is oval cut with a slightly domed surface and mounted with a straight tight bezel.
Bezel is in perfect condition. The color of the stone inside with natural light is dark green with blue undertones that shades to medium and then light green. Beautiful shading with no matrix. Outside the bright sunlight will bring out the blue undertones and the darker shade of green shows up as a brilliant teal blue. The artist surrounded the turquoise stone with a twisted rope of silver and accented each of the 3 ribs with a large drop of poured silver.
Each drop is minutely stamped around it's border... A rare and exquisitely stamped detail. More stamped work is seen along each rib and down the length of the band. The stamps used were hand made and would have been a work of art in themselves.The artist displayed a variety of graceful crescents and tiny circles... Each with exquisite attention to detail. The stamp work is clean and deep and remains strong... Not always the case with a bracelet this old, where light stamp work will wear off.
The band measures approximately 1.25 inches across the shoulder. It tapers to a width of. 75 inches in the middle which displays 3 lines of more wonderful stamping.It ends in rounded terminals accented with a last beautiful crescent. This is a rare piece for the collector of fine early Navajo jewelry. The item "1920's Navajo Cerrillos Turquoise Ingot Silver Cuff Bracelet Early Peshlaki Era" is in sale since Sunday, June 27, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "100smr" and is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.