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A Navajo silver narrow cuff bracelet possibly

by Ambrose Roanhorse, circa 1940’s

This magnificent bracelet was clearly made by an extremely accomplished artist. The design layout is restrained and elegant and the stampwork is beautifully and precisely executed. Although the bracelet is unsigned, the overall appearance and quality of the craftsmanship in this bracelet are extremely reminiscent of the modernist work of the renowned Navajo master silversmith and jewelry instructor, Ambrose Roanhorse who was active in this time period. Roanhorse taught silversmithing at The Santa Fe Indian School and later, in 1941, became the first Director of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild where he strongly influenced several succeeding generations of Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths with his impeccable, classic techniques and Modernist design sensibility.

The bracelet is 5/8” wide. The inner circumference is 5 3/4” and the gap between terminals is 1 3/16” for a total bracelet circumference of 6 15/16”. The bracelet weighs a substantial 63.7 grams or 2.25 ounces. It is in excellent original condition with a particularly beautiful “color” to the silver and

a fine patina. An outstanding, elegant and extremely wearable piece.

Price $1,250

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