Markings : Pictograph Hallmark, Cannot Find Maker, Tested, Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Hopi Nation.
Brand : Pictograph Hallmark for Maker. Gram Weight : 53.5 Grams.
Item Measurements : The bracelet has an inside wearable circumference of 7. The wrist gap where the wrist fits through measures just under 1. The top of the bracelet measures 1.25 wide. Silver is malleable and can be tightened or widened around your wrist to fit a smaller size or larger size.
Closure/Clasp Type : There is no clasp as this cuff is meant to slip over the wrist at the opening. Notable Features : This beautiful bracelet would have been handmade by a talented Hopi Nation silversmith.
The bracelet is signed by the maker with a Pictograph Hallmark, i cannot find it in my books on makers. The bracelet is made of solid sterling silver and is very heavy in silver value alone. The bracelet features the overlay technique where layers of silver are placed over the other to create the recessed design you see. The design includes a Hopi Nation figure on both ends and in the center of the bracelet.
Please don't miss your chance to own this special part of history. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find.
This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. Hopi Jewelry is very hard to find and more commonly it is Navajo and Zuni silver jewelry that is found on the open market. Hopi artist are distinctly different with beautiful intricate stamp work and symbology mixed in their silver designs. Overlay is a technique that uses two layers of metal to create a 3-dimensional piece of jewelry.
The top layer, usually silver, has a design cut out of it. This cutout piece is placed over a bottom layer of silver and the two pieces are soldered together. The inside of the design is oxidized so that it shows up black underneath the polished silver layer. Hopi silversmiths are considered the masters of the overlay technique, bringing it to popularity in the 194os.
Navajo artisans also create beautiful and technically distinctive pieces. Hopi overlay can be differentiated from Navajo inlay because Hopi pieces have an etched texture on the base, where as Navajo pieces have a smooth base.
PLEASE WAIT FOR AN UPDATED INVOICE BEFORE PAYING FOR YOUR ITEMS. Thank you for your cooperation. The item "Antique Vintage Native Hopi Pawn Sterling Silver Maze Overlay Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, June 3, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.