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An extremely rare and historic “U.S. Navajo 2” ingot-silver narrow bangle

bracelet made for the C.G. Wallace Trading Post, Zuni, NM, 1938-1942

This piece is among the rarest and most interesting Navajo silver bracelets ever made. It was crafted between 1938 and 1942 under the auspices of the U.S. Government’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s (IACB) program to ensure that only the highest-quality handmade Indian silver jewelry would be sold by IACB-approved trading posts and other organizations across the Southwest. The program was conceived and directed by world-famous jeweler and educator, Rene D’Harnancourt and administered under the direct supervision of the  renowned Navajo silversmith and instructor, Ambrose Roanhorse. Roanhorse hand made all the various “U.S. NAVAJO” stamps and personally visited the various posts to inspect, approve and stamp the finished pieces of jewelry if they were up to standard.

The specific number following the US Navajo stamp corresponds to those individual companies or organizations who were licensed to produce and sell IACB-approved silver. “U.S. NAVAJO 2” was the designation for famed trader C.G. Wallace of Zuni, NM. The Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths who made jewelry for C.G. Wallace’s network of trading posts were a veritable All-Star team  of Navajo and Pueblo jewelers and included both Ambrose Roanhorse himself and the great Austin (Ike) Wilson, one of whom almost certainly made this outstanding piece.

This classically-styled, traditional Navajo ingot-silver bangle measures 1/4” in width along its entire length.

The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 7/8” and the gap between the terminals is 1” for a total interior circumference of 6 7/8”. The bracelet weighs 26 grams or 7/8 ounce, a nice substantial weight for its narrow width. It is decorated with particularly beautiful and masterfully-executed stamp and chisel work along its entire outside surface. The bracelet is in excellent-plus original condition and it is properly stamped “U.S. NAVAJO 2” on the inside.

This gorgeous piece is the very epitome of quality, rarity and beauty in 20th Century Navajo silver jewelry.

A bracelet to be worn proudly and treasured for a lifetime.

Price $1,950

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