Authentic Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Key Ring

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Victor Coochwytewa - Hopi Sterling Silver
Badger Paw Key Ring
HK Item #KR230

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Native American Hopi Indian Sterling Silver large Badger Paw Key Ring   

Overlay is sterling silver.
Loop portion for keys is stainless steel.

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.

Victor Coochwytewa - Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
Badger Paw Key Ring

HK Item #KR230 - $98 SOLD

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Size
1 1/8" x 1 1/4" oval;
2 3/16" tall
Materials
Sterling silver Read about silver;
Stainless steel;
Hallmarks
Raincloud, the hallmark of Victor Coochwytewa
Artist
Victor Coochwytewa, Hopi

Victor Coochwytewa is from the Water Patki Clan and Shungopavi Village. He began silver work in 1940. His hallmark is a three cell raincloud with 5 streams of water. Also known as Victor Hugh. He worked with Paul Saufkie before WWII but he then attended the veterans' silver classes. He was affiliated with the Hopi Silvercraft Guild but also marketed his pieces individually. Despite an active religious role in the village and a full time job with the highway department, Victor has always found time for his silver work.

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