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An extremely fine pair of large vintage Navajo silver dangle earrings by Austin

(Ike) Wilson, circa 1940’s

One of the pre-eminent Navajo silversmiths of the 20th Century, Austin Wilson spent a great deal of his silversmithing career working for the famed Navajo and Zuni Indian trader, Charles Garrett (C.G.) Wallace. Wilson’s work is characterized by the traditional beauty of  its silver, and its near-perfect stampwork. Wilson’s craftsmanship is always flawless and his conceptual ideas such as those on these earrings are often exceptionally creative. The elongated loops on these earrings are subtly repousseed all the way around giving them an unusually beautiful way of catching the light and a great visual grace and “lightness”. This is extremely difficult to do, requiring remarkable skill.

These very sizable earrings measure 3 1/4” in length from the top of their hanging loops to the bottom of the earrings and they are 1 1/2” wide at their widest point.

The earrings weigh an extremely comfortable 7 grams or

1/4 ounce each. The earrings are in excellent original condition and they are properly hallmarked with Austin Wilson’s bow and arrow insignia on the back of both earrings. We have had perhaps three other pairs of Austin Wilson’s hanging loop earrings over the past 30 years and this pair is undoubtedly the finest.

Price $1,950

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