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An unusual Navajo “swedged" ingot-silver cuff bracelet

decorated with finely-stamped arrow pictorials, circa 1930’s



An extremely interesting looking and graphic piece, this row-style bracelet is unusually decorated all over its entire front surface with 48 very finely-done small feathered-arrow stamps, in 6 parallel rows of 8 designs each. The stamps are perfectly and precisely applied and evenly-spaced which requires an extraordinary amount of patience and control.


The bracelet is also technically very interesting, it was made using a somewhat unusual and fairly rare early Navajo silversmithing technique known as “swedging” in which a cast silver ingot slug is hammered out into a negative form, likely of wood or metal in this case, to create the ridged body of the piece.


The bracelet measures 11/2” in continuous width along the entire length of the shank. Its inner circumference end-to-end is 5 3/8” and the gap between the terminals is 15/16” for a total interior circumference of 6 5/16”. The bracelet weighs

a solid 77 grams or 2 3/4 ounces. It is in excellent vintage condition with age-appropriate wear.


This is a great-looking and distinctive historic piece with terrific Southwestern character.



Price $1,150


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