Navajo Sterling Silver Ashtray with Thunderbird Cigarette Holders

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Silver Objects
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size: 3” x 2-⅛”
  • Item # C4281.41
  • Price: $295.00

The appearance of two Thunderbirds for cigarette holders identifies this sterling silver ashtray as most likely made by a Diné silversmith for The Fred Harvey Company, owners of the Thunderbird logo.  The Fred Harvey Company hired craftsmen to make items to its specifications to satisfy its large tourist demand for souvenirs.

The rim of the bowl was scalloped to conform to the circular design surrounding each scallop.  A large rectangular design fills the base of the bowl. The ashtray rests on four legs made from small silver buttons.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: from the extensive collection of a client from Washington, D.C.

Recommended Reading:

Masterworks and Eccentricities: The Druckman Collection

- Navajo and Pueblo Jewelry and Metalwork 1880-1950 by Robert Bauver

Relative Links: Diné of the Navajo NationSouthwest Indian Jewelry: Silver Objects

Close up view of the Thunderbird designs.


Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Silver Objects
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size: 3” x 2-⅛”
  • Item # C4281.41
  • Price: $295.00

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