RARE Native American Indian Mosaic Inlay Brooch NAVAJO Sterling Bear Fetish Hallmarked c.1980s
A Rare High Quality Vintage Native American Indian Mosaic Inlay Brooch, Navajo Signed, Handcrafted in Solid Sterling Silver in a Pottery Shape of a Bear Fetish and Sunface, Overlay set with Inlay Multi-color Gemstones of Deep Teal Turquoise, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, Spiny Oyster, and Mother of Pearl, attributed to Early Ernest Benally's Collaboration Work by Signatures and Design Factors, Appraised Value $400-$450, Hallmarked, Acquired from an Arizona Estate, Weighty 19.6 Grams circa 1980's!
Measurements: 1-5/8" in length by 1-1/4" in width.
This Navajo Beauty is a Rare Important Piece! It has Fine Detailed Craftsmanship with a Gorgeous combination of Textured Overlay, and Mosaic Inlay Gemstones set in Solid Sterling. The back is hand signed E.B., J.W., E.H. for the early collaboration work of Ernest Benally, Erwin Hoskie, and Juliana Williams. Navajo Ernest Benally is known for his Mosaic Inlay Jewelry in both silver and gold, and is considered to be one of the best Navajo jewelers winning top awards. I acquired this from an Arizona estate of an 80 year old woman whose mother owned it in the 1980s. The Appraised Value was determined by Reputable Gallery Owner and Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association Member (ATADA). Everything is in Excellent condition with a soft patina. The back closures with a working secure Safety Catch Clasp.
This Special Vintage Navajo Pottery Brooch is a Fine Example of Native American Indian Jewelry!
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