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A very large tufa-cast Navajo ingot-silver

cuff bracelet, circa 1940’s-1950’s

A beautifully-constructed and extremely graceful bracelet made all the more special by the fact that Tufa-casting is one of the most painstakingly difficult of all traditional Navajo silver-making techniques to master because of the absolute precision required and the lack of any margin for error. If the silver isn’t precisely hot enough to pour properly or the mold doesn’t fill up completely, the casting will be ruined. When it all goes perfectly as in this gorgeous piece, the end result can be superb.

This impressive bracelet measures 2 1/2” in maximum height top-to-bottom and has an inner circumference end-to-end of 5 3/4” and a 1 1/8” gap between terminals for a total interior circumference of 6 7/8”. The bracelet weighs 78 grams or 2 3/4 ounces. The bracelet has a nice modernist feel and the variations in and contrast between the unpolished cast surface texture and the polished outside edges showcase the silver beautifully. A really exquisite and well-balanced piece which could be worn equally well with a ball gown or at a ball game.

Price $975

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