Fred Thompson, Navajo - Sterling Silver
About Native American authenticity.
About Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson (1922-2002) was an accomplished Dinť silversmith who started his jewelry making career at age 15 working for Turpen Trading Post in Gallup, New Mexico. He used the skills he learned in Turpenís shop to build his jewelry making career. Thompson made his own stamps and focused on traditional Navajo styles using high quality stones. He sold his jewelry exclusively to Tobe Turpen, never to any other Southwest Indian Jewelry dealers. His hallmark was a tilde, sometimes a TT over a tilde, acknowledging his association with Tobe Turpen. Thompson took a break from his work to serve his country in World War II. After returning from the war, he continued silversmithing into the 1990s. Thompsonís pieces are now rare and collectible.
Malachite has been carved into ornaments
and worn as jewelry for thousands of years, and in some ancient civilizations
it was thought to be a protection from evil if worn as jewelry. Malachite is generally
found with blue Azurite, and sometimes the two may occur admixed or banded together,
forming "Azurmalachite". Read
NOTE: Items in our Vintage 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. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
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.|