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A Navajo ingot-silver cuff bracelet decorated with silver-wire appliqué,

United Indian Trader’s Association (UITA), circa 1930’s



This fine bracelet was made sometime in the 1930's under the auspices of the United Indian Trader's Association, known as UITA. UITA was a voluntary organization founded in 1931 by a group of Indian traders dedicated to creating a system for guaranteeing that only the finest-quality Indian handmade silver jewelry would be sold in its various member's Trading Posts. This jewelry was generally supposed to adhere to traditional methods and styles based on the early designs of the "classic" period of Navajo jewelry (1870-1900), and this bracelet does largely that, it is a "revival" of an earlier style of relatively plain, simply-decorated, ingot-silver cuff bracelet yet, interestingly, it was given a slight, modernist twist by the addition of silver wire appliqué.


Before it could be sold, each UITA-inspected and approved piece of jewelry was stamped with the coveted UITA trade mark (The capital letters U I T A with an upright arrowhead design in between the "UI" and the "TA") and also with the specific numeric code which was assigned to each particular member trading post. In the case of this bracelet, the stamp is UITA21, which was the numeric code assigned to Southwest Arts and Crafts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which means that this bracelet was originally made for sale and likely sold in downtown Albuquerque sometime in the 1930's which is just a marvelous piece of documented history.


The bracelet measures1 1/16” in width, it has an inner circumference of 5 ¼” with a 1” gap between terminals for a total interior circumference of 6 ¼”. It is marked “UITA21” and is also stamped “Sterling” on the interior.

It is in excellent original condition.



Price $575


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