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Roger Skeet, Jr. learned to make silver literally at his Father’s knee. His father, the renowned silversmith, Roger Skeet, Sr. was one of the famed Indian trader, C.G. Wallace’s primary in-house Navajo silversmiths along with such other accomplished notables as Austin Wilson and Ambrose Roanhorse. Skeet Sr. worked for Wallace at his landmark trading post at the Zuni Pueblo in far Western New Mexico for approximately 30 years from the late 1920’s until his death in 1959. Roger Skeet, Jr. was born in 1933 and he started making silver alongside his Father in Wallace’s trading post as a very young boy. The silverwork of both the Skeets is quite similar, clean-lined and very traditionally-crafted but with a distinctly modern sensibility and always extremely fine detailing. Roger Skeet, Sr. never signed his pieces while Roger Skeet, Jr. used a simple hallmark of his capital letter initials “RS”.

The skill and imagination displayed in this beautiful bangle bracelet are quite remarkable; a double row of alternating square-shaped chiseled and filed panels is stamped with interesting horizontal linear deigns while the intervening panels are left as plain silver, giving the piece a unique and distinctively modern look. The angular feeling of the bracelet is further accentuated by its carinated or triangular profile. In an interesting and particularly attractive touch, Skeet slightly flattened the bracelet’s profile at the terminals and further accented  them by applying some elegant stampwork designs.

The bracelet measures 3/8” in width most of the way around, widening very slightly to 7/16” at the terminal ends. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 1/4" and the gap between the terminals is 1 1/16” for a total interior circumference of 6 5/16”. The bracelet rises a  1/4” in height above the wrist. The bracelet weighs a substantial-for-its-slim-width 36 grams or 1 1/4 ounces. It is in excellent original condition and is properly marked with Roger Skeet, Jr.’s “RS” hallmark on the interior and “Sterling”.

This marvelous and striking bracelet by one of the Southwest’s most accomplished jewelry artists is extremely easy and satisfying to wear and looks wonderful in any situation. A simply can’t lose piece!

Price $975

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A very beautiful Navajo silver bangle

bracelet by Roger Skeet, Jr. c.1950’s-60’s