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A large and fancy Navajo silver

and turquoise “Manta” Pin, circa 1920’s-1930’s

This lovely, large pin was made by an extremely accomplished unknown Navajo silversmith around the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. The silver is very finely and delicately worked and stamped and is set with a beautiful, large, deep blue- green turquoise stone which is possibly from the famous Blue Gem Mine in Nevada. The stone is set in a very interesting style of low serrated bezel.

The pin measures 3 ¼” wide and 2 ½” in height and the turquoise stone itself measures 1 ¾” height and 1” width. The pin weighs a substantial 41.6 grams or 1.47 ounces.

The pin is in excellent original condition. Large fancy silver and turquoise pins such as these were traditionally used by Navajo and Pueblo women to hold together the edges of their wearing blankets or “Mantas” particularly on festive or other important occasions.

Price $675

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