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A pair of historic Navajo “U.I.T.A 6” silver earrings originally made for The Borrego Pass Trading Post, NM, 1931-1942


This wonderful pair of stamped silver earrings are an excellent example of the kind of fine-quality, traditional, handmade Navajo silverwork that was encouraged and promoted by The United Indian Trader’s Association beginning with the group’s establishment in 1931. UITA was a voluntary association of private, independent Indian Trading Post operators who wanted to assure that only the finest-quality Native American Arts and Crafts would be sold in the group’s affiliated trading posts. A strict set of quality standards was enforced and in order to gain the coveted UITA trademark a piece of jewelry had to be inspected and vetted for its overall quality and adherence to traditional designs and techniques. Because many of the better pieces of this era utilized the traditional methods and materials of the earliest classic-period Navajo jewelry of 1880-1910, they are often referred to as “Revival-style” pieces. These beautiful screwback earrings are a perfect example of the genre and feature a simple and elegant decorative stamped feather design.


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United Indian Trader’s Association, Inc.

“Organized for the perpertuation and protection of Handmade

Indian Arts and Crafts.

Guarantees this to be a genuine Indian Handmade Article.”

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They measure 5/8” in height and are 5/8” wide at their widest point. They weigh a comfortable 3 grams or 1/8 ounce each. They are in excellent original condition overall, but one of the screwbacks is somewhat bent and should be replaced. Not a real issue at all since most people today would rather that the old-fashioned screwbacks be replaced entirely with posts and this can be easily and inexpensively accomplished by any competent jeweler. The earrings are both marked “UITA 6” on the back which was the official numeric designation assigned to the beautiful and remote Borrego Pass Trading Post in northwestern New Mexico not far as the crow flies from Chaco Canyon. Borrego Pass was, for decades, one of the best of the great old historic Navajo Trading posts posts renowned for its high-quality, traditional Navajo arts and crafts. This post originally opened in 1927 and was operated by a series of highly-regarded Indian traders over the years--Ben and Anna Harvey, Bill and Jean Cousins and Don and Fern Smouse. These earrings are not only very beautiful and extremely collectible pieces of historic Navajo silver jewelry, they are a fascinating part of Southwestern history as well.


Price $395


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