EARLY TOMMY SINGER STERLING SILVER PEYOTE BIRD PENDANT NECKLACE SIGNED T. " tall with bail and 1" wide. 5 grams (pendant and necklace combined). 16 long- marked 925 India on tag.T- early Tommy Singer hallmark, initial "T" with the quarter or crescent moon. You can see the mark noted as Tommy Singers' hallmark on page 314 in the Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks book by Billie Hougart-2014 edition pictured. PLEASE NOTE: The photographs give the illusion the jewelry looks larger than it is; this is to show you the detail you could not see without a magnifying glass. Please look at ALL photographs posted.
There is always one or two photos with ruler measurements in every listing created to give you an accurate indication of size. Also, the photographs posted are shot from the actual item no stock photos. The colors may vary just slightly due to light vs. Shadow effect of the flash. The items weighed on the scale are in grams.Tommy Singer used many traditional designs and deities of the Navajo people in his jewelry. This sterling silver pendant depicts a peyote bird or water bird in flight headed into the sky with wind-draft etchings under his wings! The peyote bird is inlaid with turquoise stone chips and coral shell chips. A true piece of wearable Tommy Singer ART!!!! Tommy Singer was the inventor of the chip inlay technique. This pendant is created with a great example of turquoise chip inlay which has lasted for many years. The marking "T" is a very early hallmark, so this piece had to be made in the 60's which makes this pendant 50+ years old!!! Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral mixed with epoxy resin.
The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. The pendant is not marked. 925 or sterling but has been tested positive with no marks or cosmetic damage to the piece. It is common for the sterling mark to be missing in early Native American vintage pieces.
This is a pre-owned very vintage pendant. There are scratches from time and a bit of patina too! Was born in 1940 and sadly left this earth on May 31, 2014.
He lived in Winslow, Arizona where he resided with his wife Rose and their children and grandchildren. He grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation while learning the silversmith trade from his father Tsinnigine Hathali, a Navajo Medicine Man when he was just 7 years old.In the 1960's, Mr. Singer became famous for inventing the use of turquoise and coral chips in silverwork devised from the lingering chips of turquoise and coral left on his workshop floor. While using the "chip inlay" technique combined with his amazing craftsmanship mixed with the abstract modern Native American style of design Mr.
Singer conveyed on his jewelry, he became a household name in the states and abroad. Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. Singer's chip inlay technique was heavily copied in the southwest and even in imports from Asia.
In fact, this style of jewelry became so popular in the 1960's and 1970's that you would see it everywhere. Frustrated, he stopped creating chip inlaid jewelry and started focusing on the silver overlay method which he originally studied in the beginning of his silversmith career.
His silver overlay jewelry exhibited traditional Navajo designs; some incorporating gold in the overlay. He was also known for carving storyteller scenes with tremendous detail and skill. Tommy Singer was a famous prolific successful artist and those who knew him said he was a friendly and generous man. Today his work commands very high prices which continues to gain in value. Collectors of his work hold onto his pieces with great respect and love.It is hard to find these classic vintage chip inlay pieces which have survived. This is your chance to own an original silver masterpiece from a truly talented and gifted man! THANKS FOR LOOKING AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! Not very exciting to read, but just in case you need to know.
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