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Two terrific contemporary Navajo Ingot “Coin-Silver” bangle-style bracelets by Quaid Shorty, c. 2019



We don’t know a great deal about Quaid Shorty other than the fact that he is renowned Navajo silversmith, Perry Shorty’s son and that he is already one mighty fine silversmith in his own right as these two fabulous silver bangle bracelets so eloquently attest. They are every bit as beautiful and well made as anything Perry Shorty might have made as he himself would likely be very proud to admit. Chips off the old block don’t get much better than this. Quaid has exhibited for the past few years at the prestigious annual SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and his work has been received there with great enthusiasm.


Both these bracelets are very finely and elaborately crafted of heavy cast-ingot coin silver. As his Father very often does, Quaid melted old American silver coins down and cast them into ingot-silver “slugs” which he then hammered out to form the body of the bracelets. He then decorated the bracelets with an incredibly complex and intricate combination of stampwork, filework and chisel work. And not only did he decorate the entire fronts of the bracelets, he decorated them all along the top and bottom of their silver shanks as well. The amount of skill and concentrated effort work like this takes to accomplish so precisely and well

is difficult to imagine, but then he did learn his craft from one the finest ever.


These two bracelets form a very fine pair together, but there are some differences in design and dimensions so we will discuss each of them individually for a few moments.

Bracelet #2


This bracelet is like a master’s thesis in outstanding stamp, file and chisel work. How someone so young could get so good at these extremely difficult demanding tasks so fast is quite remarkable. Quaid has applied an incredible profusion of complex designs into the shank of the bracelet and nicely notched the top and bottom edges. The bracelet measures 3/8” in width all the way around. The inner circumference end-to-end is

5 5/8” and the gap between the terminals is 1” for a total interior circumference of 6 5/8”. The silver shank is 3/16” in thickness and the bracelet weighs a substantial for its slim width 60 grams or 2 1/8 ounces. It is in excellent original condition and is signed “Quaid” on the interior in Quaid Shorty’s customary cursive signature again in a similar vein to that of his father. It is also marked “Coin-Silver”.


These two bracelets are both remarkably accomplished pieces from a remarkably talented young artist.

They would be equally impressive worn together or separately. And both pieces seriously make you wonder

if Quaid is this incredibly good already what will his work be like ten or fifteen years from now?



Price $1,575


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Bracelet #1


This bracelet is an object lesson in great chisel work. Quaid has chiseled three rectangularly-shaped

open medallions into the shank of the bracelet and surrounded and accentuated them with complex intricately stamped border designs. The bracelet is just under 1/2” in width at its widest center point and tapers down slightly to 3/8” in width at the end terminals. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 1/2” and the gap between the terminals is 1 1/4” for a total interior circumference of 6 3/4”. The silver shank is 3/16” in thickness at its thickest points and the bracelet weighs a substantial for its slim width 70 grams or 2 1/2 ounces. It is in excellent original condition and it is signed “Quaid” on the interior in Quaid Shorty’s customary cursive signature again in a similar vein to that of his father. It is also marked “Coin-Silver”.



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