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Ancient Zuni bear fetish set into a sliver ring

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1900   item# 1052066 (stock# bfr)

Ancient Zuni bear fetish set into a sliver ring
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$240.00 

An established dealer of Native American crafts in San Francisco told me that the three fetish rings I offer here were the oldest she had ever seen. She also said they were important and sacred so this is why some one set them into silver and made them into rings. This Zuni bear fetish is shell, it is over a century old, the silver setting is over 50 years old. The ring is size 5, the bear fetish is about 3/4" long. This is a museum quality piece of Native American art.


Ancient Zuni bird fetish set into silver ring

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1900   item# 1052065 (stock# bfr)

Ancient Zuni bird fetish set into silver ring
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$220.00 

This is the second ancient fetish ring I have up for sale. It came from a fine collection of old jewelry. The hand made silver mounting was done with great respect for the Zuni bird fetish which is well over a century old. The silver ring mounting is at least fifty years old. The fetish is shell, it is about 1" long. The ring is a size 7. An important piece of Native American art.


Antique Zuni Frog fetish set into a silver ring

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1900   item# 1052062 (stock# ffr)

Antique Zuni Frog fetish set into a silver ring
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


Sold Thank You. 

This ring along with three others I list came from a collection of very old jewelry. It is a Zuni frog fetish that has been set into a silver mounting. I did not realize why someone took the time to set it into a ring until a Native American art dealer saw it and said it was the oldest fetish she had ever seen. The fetish is at least 100 years old, the silver setting is at least 50 years old. The ring is a size 6, the fetish frog is about 3/4" long. This is a very special piece.


Navajo Silver Turq Pawn ring Massive

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1940   item# 1052057 (stock# nsr)

Navajo Silver Turq Pawn ring Massive
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$420.00 

This outstanding Navajo ring was not made for the tourist trade. It was made for and worn by a Navajo and is characteristic of their massive jewelry. I have owned it for over 40 years, it came from a top quality collection in Colorado and was bought as pawn before I purchased it. It is old, unmarked which also fits its origin. It is sandcast, it has top quality turqoise and natural red coral. It is 1 oz of silver, it is size 11 1/2. It is 1 1/8" at front height. It is as you see an honest s ...click for details


Navajo silver Sand Cast corn god pin large nice

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1980   item# 881753 (stock# cgp)

Navajo silver Sand Cast corn god pin large nice
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


225.00 

I am not the original owner of this outstanding pin, and I am not positive of age. I have found the stamped mark of FJ to be associated with a Navajo silversmith, I have not been able to find the full name. I also assume from the appearance that this is a Corn God. It is large, 2 1/4" long, 2" wide. It is heavy, 1 oz., marked sterling and back indicates it is a sand casting. It is outstanding in the appearance. It is in excellent condition and I assume that it is at least 30 years old.


Mexican Silver Abalone Inlay Bird Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1960   item# 272544 (stock# 71)

Mexican Silver Abalone Inlay Bird Earrings
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


32.00 

These very attractive Mexican silver earrings were probably made in the 1950s or 60s. They are pierced and inlayed with abalone. The condition is very good with no missing shell. The earrings are very thin and lightweight with screw backs. They are marked MEXICO, JRB and other that I can not read. The inner design is a bird, perhaps a thunderbird. Nice pieces for a collector and also to wear. Crafting is superior. Please request image of Marks, the images are too small to be seen at this site.

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