“Effie Zuni” is the touch mark on the snake bola and “Effie C Zuni” the touch mark on the snake buckle. Noted for the portrayal of a viper on her jewelry creations, the set (MLB.13), all from the estate of the late Asa Battles, Western and Indian artist of note, can be further enhanced if the buyer chooses to include her snake ring, MLB.11 (copy and paste MLB.GROUP A into the search link to locate the ring)...
This 20” silver squash blossom necklace (MLB.10), dating into the 1950s-1970s, is from the estate of Asa Battles, an artist and collector known throughout the west for his great accuracy in presenting the Indian culture. Purchased originally at the old Kohlbergs store, a well-known and popular curio shop that was located in downtown Denver for years and closed in the mid-90s, it still has their tag attached noting the $429 price at the time of purchase...
This twelve-piece assortment (MLB 2, 4-8, 9, 11, 14, 18, 19 and 23) includes nine pieces of Navajo and Zuni Indian jewelry, plus three striking hand-carved wood masks, one from the NW Coast Tlingit and two from members of the Iroquois Five Nations group in the Grand River country of Canada, each individually priced and shown in its own photo group...
Very early Navajo made ring completely hand-made. The bisbee stone is deep blue with chocolate black matrix; it's paired with a branch coral. The bezels are all hand cut; the face of the setting is hand-filed. The shank is hand-cut. This is done in the style of Hopi silversmiths, with a recessed ground that's oxidized. It's signed with an incised initial "F" by the artist. Size 8 1/2 and face of ring measures 1 1/4" x 1".
Well prayed Tibetan Mala.
This is a very large and fine bracelet by Joe Chee ( hallmarked by the artist )Marc Chee's brother. Probably made during the second world war ( WW II ) since it had a huge piece of petrified wood ( looks like agate or jasper but almost certainly petrified wood ) which was used extensively during that time. The stone is about 2 1/8" by 1 1/8". Bracelet measures 5 3/4" circumference PLUS a 1 1/2" gap so will fit a 7 1/4" to 7 3/4" wrist, could be carefully adjusted...
Southwestern jewelry is outside my specialization and frankly I'm a bit tired of it, after living in New Mexico for so many years. However, I can still be impressed now and then by a piece from the neighborhood (Rio Grande pueblo country).
This necklace is one of those pieces. It dates from the 1970s, when overall quality really was better. Wonderful work continues to be done, of course, but mainly at the upper end of the market...
Most harem rings are decidedly in the "fine jewelry" category -- made of high-carat gold and set with gemstones -- so it's quite unusual to find an affordable version. We got lucky and found two of them lately: a seven-ring stack of textured sterling bands and this beauty!
Here, diamond rhinestones not only ornament each of five bands joined at the back, but also fit together to form a lovely flower. The metal is silver in color, unmarked, and the faceted rhinestones are real dazzlers...
Wide ivory bracelet with thick and heavy sides dating to 1800s, African continent. Best overall patina with bark-like interior aging you will only find on authentic antique ivory. 149gr or 5 1/4 oz! The diameter of one opening is 2 1/4" while the reverse end measures about 2 1/8" diameter...SO CHECK YOUR FIT. Measures about 2" wide. Shape is very well rounded so appears like a pumpkin shape. Interior hairline from end to end however only shows to the exterior as short hairline...
Ca. 1950's heavy gauge, carinated, stamped bracelet.
49 grms. 5" inner dim., plus 1 1/4" gap.
Ca. 1970's Zuni inlay buckle, depicting a cardinal on a branch with multicolored leaves. The inlay is of coral, onyx,
turquoise and mop. Famed by a nicely stamped border;
hallmarked BB. 3"x2 1/4". Excellent condition.
Ca. 1950's Zuni cluster ring set with rich color coral, in serrated bezels, split shank, hallmarked TM; size 8; 1" diam.
Sand-cast soft Sterling silver Navajo cuff bracelet and “Old Kingmen” turquoise stones, circa pre-1980. Southwestern motif and metalwork, the bracelet is about 2 1/2 x 2 1/8in with three slightly different shaped turquoise stones which all measure about 3/4in. In good condition. *Call our store to process order,
Historic District Antiques
A very impressive Navajo cuff, ca. 1940's, set with a quite
large cabochon turquoise, mounted on a four twisted wire
band. The stone, set in a round-toothed bezel, is also framed by a twisted wire, flanked by stamped fans. The turquoise measures 2 1/4"L x 1 1/4"W. 5" circumference; 1" gap. Excellent condition.
Bracelet for a small wrist, 4 1/2" circumference; 1 1/4"gap. Turquoise measures 1" sq.;
Evidence of early repair (see closeup).