Vintage Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild
CB104 - $2,500 plus
Solid sterling silver with very fine hand stamping.
In 1941 the Navajo Council created the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild with the horned moon as their logo. It was organized in Ft. Wingate, New Mexico and started as a co-op in Pine Springs, Arizona in 1942.
The NACG was formed under the auspices of the Navajo Tribal authority to help young Navajo silversmiths learn from the masters and thus to maintain the quality of classic Navajo silverwork into succeeding generations. The Guild's standards were exacting and their instructors were among the most accomplished Navajo jewelers of the era, including Ambrose Roanhorse, Chester Yellowhair, Fred Peshlaki and Kenneth Begay.
The individual makers could not sign Guild pieces, they could only be marked with the Horned Moon logo of the NACG and the word "NAVAJO". The best of Navajo Guild silverwork is some of the finest Navajo jewelry of the 20th century and is highly desirable. It is generally characterized by its classic technique, clean and elegant lines, restrained use of stampwork and only occasional use of stones.
In the 1944 book, The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, John Adair writes, The type of silverware that the guild promotes is [?] a revival of the old simple types of jewelry, without sets for the most part. Emphasis is placed on cast work. The guild also handles vegetable-dyed rugs and some aniline-dyed rugs of similar pattern and excellent workmanship.
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NOTE: Items in our Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.
LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|