Old Victor Coochwytewa Hopi Sterling Silver Brooch/pin-native American Southwest For Sale
I'm very pleased indeed to offer you an older piece by one of the greatest of Hopi silversmiths, Victor Coochwytewa! For a smallerpiece this brooch nothing short of spectacular with that graceful traditional design--I think that even non-aficionados of Hopi silver will be struckby this piece. His works are getting pretty scarce and I was tickled to come across this one--hope you're tickled too! The brooch is a shade over 1 1/8 inches in diameter and weighs 7 grams. The oxidized black background of the design was worked witha rocker, one of several ways early "modern" Hopi smiths experimented with as a means to better retain the oxidizing agent, beforesettling almost uniformly on the fine chisel work that is one of the hallmarks of Hopi silver work today. The reverse is stamped withCoochwytewa's rain cloud hallmark and with the sunface stamp of the Hopi Silvercraft Guild, with which he was associated from itsinception. The brooch is in great vintage condition--there's a light scratch on the left side of the piece (see photo) which, really, is hardly noticeable.All the hardware on the back of the brooch is in good shape, although the shank of the pin itself has become slightly bent somewherealong the line and doesn't quite mate perfectly with the clasp. This could easily be put to rights by your jeweler. Take another look at the photos and make a offer--this piece could be yours! Shipping cost includes ABSOLUTELY guarantee every product I sell. If you feel a product you receiveis not as listedI will immediately issue you a refundand pay for returnshipping if I was in ship within 24 hours of payment (usually a lot sooner). Your items will be very carefully packaged. I reuse packaging as much as possible in order to keep your shipping costs is due within 5 days via Paypal, From the legendary work of Navajo silversmiths to the intricate designs in stone created by the Zuni, the handmade silver jewelry produced by the American Indian tribes of the Southwestern United States has been collected almost since they began making it in the mid- to late 19th century, and it's no wonder. These artisans have produced a huge variety of works in turquoise and sterling silver; you can find something to suit almost anyone's taste. There are contemporary pieces by those such as Sunshine and Gary Reeves, Andy and Darrell Cadman and many others that hearken to the past while moving the craft into the future. Charles Loloma incorporated gold and precious stones into his works; other Hopi make simple yet stunning designs, often using the overlay method; and the Zuni are renowned as lapidarists--the array of works in turquoise, onyx, mother of pearl, coral, and other semi-precious stones that hasoriginated in Zuni Pueblo boggles the mind. You can find chiefs resplendent in feathered headdresses from the likes of Raymond Quam, gorgeous full-figure ceremonial dancers from Eddie Beyuka and the Zunie brothers, and the figures of deer, birds, insects, bear, fish--you name it. Whether your taste runs to the hand stamped beaded necklaces known as Navajo Pearls, or a simple sand cast carinated cuff bracelet, or a squash blossom necklace studded with turquoise or coral, or Zuni channel inlay bolo ties, the artisans among the Southwest Native Americans have something to tickle you! There's just something about holding a piece of hand made jewelry in your hand--you can almost imagine the smith bent over his work, creating a lasting work of art. We should be very proud to have the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other Native silversmiths in our midst--they've created a truly unique American art form and they deserve our thanks and respect.
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